Warehouse Skills Development Programme We are delighted to announce the kick-off of our latest venture, the Warehouse Skills Development Programme. The eight-week pilot programme started on Monday, the 15th of March. The programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, will help participants gain experience in warehousing and take part in certificated learning, such as Food Safety, HACCP, manual handling as well as forklift truck operator training. We also offer support and advice on personal development working in partnership with Aberdeen Foyer, benefits and budgeting, and cooking skills development. The practical training will take place at FareShare Scotland, which is operated by CFINE across the north of Scotland. FareShare redistributes surplus food from the food industry that would otherwise go to waste, passing it on to charities and community organisations who use it to support those in need. Graeme Robbie, FareShare Manager at CFINE, said: “We are delighted to announce our latest venture, the Warehouse Skills Development Programme. “The uptake of Universal Credit in Aberdeen exceeded a staggering 24,723 claimants in December 2020 alone, as opposed to 7,966 in March 2020. The aim of this project is to help our community become resilient against the challenges that the past year has brought upon us. “Learning new skills and taking part in certificated training is at the core of expanding people’s horizon of opportunities.” Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, CFINE has seen a significant increase in demand for its services, and the programme will contribute towards building capacity and skills to continue to meet these needs. Recently, the charity asked their beneficiaries about their circumstances. The rapid research found that 93% of the respondents are currently unemployed, and 82% were concerned about what the future holds for them. The Warehouse Skills Development Programme will address the uncertainty about the future by helping people gain warehousing and life skills, such as financial management and cooking on a budget.