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23rd February 2015 - My Regional Training Centre - Deb Rowan, Birmingham

Regional Training Centre, Birmingham

Name: Deb Rowan

Regional Training Centre: Birmingham - Peters Books and Furniture

How long have you been training at your Regional Training Centre? 10 months

How has the experience of training there been, from first course to now?
I first visited Peters Books to present an introductory session in April 2014 and have now had the true pleasure of delivering five back-to-back training events to date. Some 200+ trainees have accessed training in Birmingham so far. The venue is superb, well located and incredibly supportive of Catch Up® as an organisation and of all the people (myself included) who visit.

The relationship which has developed between Peters Books and Catch Up® has meant that I, as a trainer, can just relax and share the Catch Up® message…..the venue takes every care of each visitor, ensuring they are comfortable, welcomed and valued.

What is the experience like for trainees?
Feedback from trainees has been positive; they appreciate the regular opportunities to access both Catch Up® Literacy and Catch Up® Numeracy training, with schools now sending staff along to both events. Some schools place such a high value on attendance, they’ve even booked their staff into local hotels rather than have them travel! Indeed, these regular events have meant that when a trainee is forced to miss a session due to unforeseen circumstances, they are able to make up the session within a very short timescale. Even better than training in the past…

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your experience of training at your Regional Training Centre?
I cannot over-emphasise the success of this RTC, which is due in no small part to the teamwork approach of Catch Up® and Peters Books. Our core values are well represented here, with staff from Peters attending Catch Up® training to ensure they have the ‘right message’ and share the passion for books, people and literacy.

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