mylearnadfriend has moved from Middlesborough to UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre at Redcar, where the additional office space and facilities will aid with the company’s expansion.
By working in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland College, the firm has leant a hand to former SSI workers by allowing them to acquire a health and safety certification sought after by industry employers.
The company’s bespoke e-learning software programmes have the benefit of being interactive and provide a training system for businesses and organisations across sectors from offshore, automotive, energy and healthcare to oil and gas, engineering, leisure, transport and retail.
“It is rewarding to see many former SSI workers signing up for the online health and safety courses which are helping them gain meaningful employment,” said Tony Abbott, who set up mylearnadfriend alongside business partner Alan Hammersley three years ago.
“Our partnership with the College, which is leading the way in providing these e-learning opportunities, means workers can tell a potential employer that they have already completed the training and produce the certificate with their CV.”
Peter Taylor of UK Steel Enterprise, the business-support subsidiary of Tata Steel, said: “Former SSI workers are showing such commitment in their efforts to find new employment and mylearnadfriend is giving them new skills and qualifications needed to win jobs.
“We are very pleased that the company has chosen to make our Innovation Centre its new base.”
mylearnadfriend is now looking at further expansion across the country, by tapping into education opportunities in the south.
“With our larger offices and the facilities at the Innovation Centre in place we are looking to the future with confidence and hope to be creating jobs ourselves in the not too distant future,” added Abott.