The first ever
Moving In Moving On (MIMO) painting and decorating course exclusively for women
finished last month at the Thames Reach Employment Academy, with a 100% completion
The course took
place from 30 August to 6 October, with four weeks of training, covering a
range of areas, including preparation of plaster and timber, paper hanging, and
paint systems and their application. This was followed by two weeks of work on
site, redecorating a room at Thames Reach’s Lambeth High Street hostel.
One of MIMO’s
main outcomes is to prepare graduates for further training and employment, and the
most recent course has been particularly successful in this regard. Three graduates
are set to start new jobs, one of which will be in painting and decorating,
while another is hoping to eventually become self-employed as a decorating
Several of the
graduates are applying for CSCS cards necessary for entering the construction
industry, or are enrolling on specialist construction courses. Some are also taking
part in various schemes organised by Thames Reach’s employment and resettlement
team, such as the accredited digital skills course and the 1-2-1 Literacy
One graduate is
also currently volunteering on reception at the Employment Academy, and another
is due to help out as a volunteer on the next MIMO course, starting in November.
Townsend, who runs MIMO, said: “They’ve been a great group. They met all the
deadlines on site and were very neat and tidy with their work.
“I know I’ll
enjoy having one of the graduates volunteering alongside me on the next course
There are plans
to hold further MIMO courses exclusively for women next year. A preliminary start
date has been set for April.
If you would
like to enrol on the next course, or know someone who would, please contact
Robert Townsend via: firstname.lastname@example.org