Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

Jessica's Blog: Training Courses


In the last two weeks, I’ve spent three days in Leeds on two different training courses.

Monday morning, I woke up bright and early to catch my first train to Leeds. When I arrived I began trying to navigate my way to the building that the course would be in. However my phones GPS decided to mess around and managed to turn a ten minute walk into a forty-five minute one! But I made it there in the end, and still very early.

The course I was attending was a two day crash course on welfare benefits, where we essentially covered the entire system in two days. To look at so many different benefits and to see how they all interact with one another was very interesting.

At the end of my first day in Leeds, I boarded my train home (and despite a close encounter with a wrong train I managed to get home).

On the Tuesday morning, I was up early again for my train back to Leeds for day two. This was personally my most interesting day as we were tackling areas that I have deep interest in- such as DLA and PIP. That afternoon we also began looking at the basics of universal credit- laying the brickworks ready for the course the following Monday on universal credit.

Though delays, cancelled trains and bus replacements lead to chaos on my way home that night, it didn’t put me off.

My second course began on the following Monday- looking solely at Universal Credit. To be quite honest, on my first course I had struggled to understand this but very quickly I began to understand and pick up the information we were given.

Both of my courses were extremely informative and interesting- giving me key knowledge that I can use when researching and drafting documents in relation to welfare benefits and universal credit. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. 


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