Recognising the responsibility that local employers have to reach into their community and help, our foundation trains and develops ambitious individuals from all walks of life.
The awards recognised how our training programmes hone students’ skills in a real business environment – offering the opportunity of paid employment for successful trainees.
Training, peppered with self-development and fun sessions to boost confidence and aid learning with a mixture of individual and group work, is structured around four areas:
Product – including product knowledge, competitor information, pricing structures
Sales – including psychology of selling, practical tips, telephone techniques
Operational – including process of sales, paperwork, company practices
Self-development – including learning logs and journals, time management, stress management
Two weeks of practical skills and product knowledge is followed by putting training into practice with outgoing sales calls and feedback. Remaining weeks are a mix of classroom learning, on the job training in a safe environment and analysis of results both individually and as a team.
As part of the award submission, we were able to profile some of our graduates who have benefited enormously from adult learning.
Having dipped in and out of packing jobs in factories, Razaqa Hussain has his own chair, desk and computer for the first time in his life since passing the foundation’s first bootcamp with flying colours and moving to a full time job with BE Fuel Cards.
“When Richard McCann inspired us to be the best we can be I cried after hearing his story and shared my own story with him.
“Being given this chance and the training and mentoring has made me realise what misery I’ve caused to others in the past. I’ve been back to my school to apologise to a teacher and apologised to a former boss.
“I’m more thoughtful, patient, a better partner and father. My girlfriend says we now have a proper family life with our son and daughter who I read to every night and is doing brilliantly at school. Just as the foundation has given me a lifeline, I encourage kids at my nephew’s school to make the most of their lives. My mum is proud that I’ve turned my life around.
“It’s my second month of full time work and my learning continues daily. I love being part of a team, as opposed to be part of a gang, and have learnt that you have to work hard to earn respect.
“I have much to look forward to and be thankful for in 2014. I’m booking our first family holiday to Turkey. The foundation has been life changing – some days I have to pinch myself that this is really true.
“The foundation has given me a new lease of life now I have everything to live for and am looking to buy our own home this year. It doesn’t get better than that and I can’t thank the foundation enough for taking a chance on me.”
For more information on the opportunities available, visit http://www.bayfordfoundation.co.uk or call 0113 202 5129.