training for ex-offenders woodwise
Connectar classroom built by our volunteers
CITY & GUILDS TRAINING for Ex-Offenders, ex members of HM Forces and young peolpe from the NEET group

We provide skilled City & Guilds backed accredited training in woodworking and woodworking machinery.

Courses consist of a web-based theory learning programme and a work-based practical training. Clients will receive closely supervised practical training which cover the minimum competency aspects of operating woodworking machinery. On completion customers will be certified as competent on the appropriate machines, issuing them with The Safe Use of Woodworking Machinery Certificate, a City and Guilds backed certificate of competence listing the machines on which candidates have achieved the minimum level of competence. The Certificate of Competence benefits both woodworking machinery operators and their prospective employers. Clients can build up Certificates of Competence and because they are City and Guilds backed, they can be counted as evidence towards other qualifications such as the NVQ Level 2 in Machine Woodworking.  

The courses consist of a web-based theory learning programme and a work-based practical training. Clients will receive closely supervised practical training using the Woodwise learning resources, which are specifically written to cover the minimum competency aspects of operating woodworking machinery. Finally all clients will complete an on-line theory test. . On passing the theory test and having completed all of the practical training, their competency will be formally assessed. On completion the client will be certified as competent on the appropriate machines, issuing them with The Safe Use of Woodworking Machinery Certificate, a City and Guilds backed certificate of competence listing the machines on which candidates have achieved the minimum level of competence. The Certificate of Competence benefits both woodworking machinery operators and their prospective employers. Clients can build up Certificates of Competence and because they are City and Guilds backed, they can be counted as evidence towards other qualifications such as the NVQ Level 2 in Machine Woodworking.

On passing the theory test and having completed all of the practical training, their competency will be formally assessed. On completion the client will be certified as competent on the appropriate machines, issuing them with The Safe Use of Woodworking Machinery Certificate, a City and Guilds backed certificate of competence listing the machines on which candidates have achieved the minimum level of competence. The Certificate of Competence benefits both woodworking machinery operators and their prospective employers. Clients can build up Certificates of Competence and because they are City and Guilds backed, they can be counted as evidence towards other qualifications such as the NVQ Level 2 in Machine Woodworking.

Whilst on the course clients will manufacture bee hives in preparation for our Biodiversity project, to help save the honey bee.

The accredited woodworking qualifications will help clients increase their chances of securing paid employment and thereby introduce them back into society. Employment is one of the key issues required to break the cycle of re-offending. The woodwork training courses will include first aid, health and safety, basic woodworking skills and operating woodwork machinery. We offer training places for ex forces personnel, clients from the Neet group and training for ex-offenders.In the medium to long term, it is intended that work placements/internships and full-time employment opportunities be offered to clients who have progressed through the training programmes within the charity.

How will Connectar be different?

We will meet the training and development needs of our clients by implementing the following into our training and educational courses:

  • It is our intention to establish relationships with clients, taking on a pastoral role, to demonstrate how self-confidence, self-respect and respect for others, reliability, punctuality and trust, along with core skills in communication, team-working and IT can erase employers doubts about their qualities, values, honesty  and effectiveness.
  • We will provide skilled, no-cost training that is highly relevant and pertinent to what employers are looking for in terms of qualifications, skills and experience.
  • We intend to ‘bottle’ the wisdom of experts and encourage them to become volunteer trainers and mentors.
  • We will assist clients to help them secure employment and empower them to effect real change in their lives.

Operator Wood-machine training is essential. The law requires that all workers must receive adequate training. It also makes good business sense to make sure all employees are working efficiently and safely.

Who should be trained?

Machine operators
Anyone who sets, cleans and maintains the machines
People who assist in the machining process (loading, feeding, taking off work pieces)

How long does it take?

The training needs of individuals will need to be assessed individually taking into account their age and experience. Contact us to discuss your needs and we would be happy to make a recommendation.

How often should training be given?

The Health and Safety Executive recommends that trained and experienced Woodmachine Operators receive refresher training at least every five years. New starters and novice users are likely to have the greatest training needs initially.

Who needs refresher training?

All Woodworking machine operators require refresher training. The frequency and depth of the refresher training will vary depending on the operator, what machines they use and how often.

What is covered in the course?

Each machine type is covered by a separate training unit specifically designed to cover the following areas;

Health and Safety regulations and general requirements
Correct selection, setting and use of guards
Correct selection, setting and use of machine
Correct selection, setting and use of tooling
Safe use of machines
Safe working practices

What machine types are covered?

We provide Wood machine training on all types of machinery.

Work experience and placements.

The rewards and benefits of work experience are real. Besides their own skills brought to the organisation, candidates will continue to learn through working with other people. Connectar's aim will be to help clients improve and develop their talents, with ongoing mentoring support after completion of the training course. Work experience builds self-esteem, making a person feel valued within the workplace and the community.

Candidates will have the chance to understand how organisations work; at the same time they will be developing their own confidence and ability to work with others. 

We will assist clients to help them secure employment and empower them to effect real change in their lives.

 

Registered Charity Number 1155950 CONNECTAR TRAINING & BIODIVERSITY TRUST