Friday, June 20, 2008

Life Long Learning Coordinator Susan Timthong reports....

I am excited and happy to inform you all that as from the 5th June, I became a full-time Lifelong Learning Coordinator after the retirement of my former Job-share Carmen Bruno. Carmen worked for 3 years as a part-time learning Coordinator, with the assistance of Barnet UNISON she helped organise the setting up of Return2Learn and training of more than 400 staff throughout Environmental, Customer Care services. I will miss working with Carmen, I have learnt a lot from her and I wish her a very happy retirement.

This is a very exciting and challenging opportunity for me to continue to promote and provide learning opportunities for staff and also create new ones. If you were at NLBP,
Mill Hill Depot or Barnet House during Learner Week ( 19th May-22nd May) you will have seen me promoting courses and giving away freebies in the Atrium and on the CONEL Interactive Bus at NLBP, on the Rolling Base Bus at Mill Hill Depot and in the UNISON Office at Barnet House. It was good to see these events supported by Managers and staff alike.

At the moment I am in the process of setting up our next Communication Skills and ICT courses which will start on the 24th and 25th of June and run one day a week for five weeks. The communication Skills course will run on a Tuesday and the ICT course will run on a Wednesday, both will be taught a Mill Hill Depot. There is still time if you would like to attend one of these courses, call me on 0208 359 5175/07950209900/ or email me at or

During the school summer holiday I will be running courses for coach escorts and schools catering staff.

From September onwards we will be providing more Communication Skills and ITC courses to include school staff, progression for staff that have taken a course and would like to achieve a higher level and also English language courses for staff. Future Communication Skills course content can be designed and tailored to meet the requirements of a Service Area. Moreover, there should also be opportunities to vary the venue and timing of courses subject to a minimum number of attendees. For more information please contact me on the above numbers/email addresses or if you see me at NLBP or Mill Hill Depot stop me and ask me. I’m always available (subject to limitations; I like to eat and drink and sleep at times, and yes, I’ve got home responsibilities too which means I do spend some time at home or in Tesco’s)

Well, my final word is don’t put off today what you can do tomorrow because tomorrow you might miss out on a great opportunity.

Susan Timthong
Lifelong Learning Coordinator

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