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BUSINESS REPORT


CHARITIES TEAM UP TO PROVIDE SKILLS TRAINING


Since 2016, Goodwill Solutions Learning Academy CIC has been managing a partnership of 12 organisations across the county to deliver a Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities programme. This has successfully supported 1,000 learners to


gain the skills they need to find work. One of the organisations they work with, Youth Works Northamptonshire, is also a Chamber member. Youth Works


Northamptonshire is a Kettering-based charity providing a range of services to local young people. These include alternative education provision for those struggling to engage; counselling and support programmes to help mental health and emotional wellbeing; clubs and projects to improve social wellbeing, skill development and bespoke work readiness programmes. As well as being partners in the Big Lottery


‘YOUTH WORKS ALSO PROVIDE


GOODWILL WITH A TRAINER TO


HELP LEARNERS’


A TOWERING ACHIEVEMENT


Staff at one of the UK’s leading independent Insurance Brokers, Towergate, are celebrating as account handler Matthew Hull has recently achieved a level 4 Diploma in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute. Matthew, who had


previously studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Hertfordshire explained: “It is important to provide clients with the confidence that you hold yourself to a high standard and the best way to evidence that from the outset is through professional qualifications. “In the media the insurance


programme, Youth Works also provide Goodwill with a trainer to help learners gain their CSCS card. Since May last year they’ve trained over 50 participants, enabling them to achieve the City & Guilds Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification, a pre-requisite for anyone looking to get work on a building site. Theresa Wright of Youth Works said: “This is a great


example of two Chamber members working together in a multiplicity of ways, for the benefit of those in


Young people at Youth Works taking part in the Rebike project


Northamptonshire who need help most – exactly the reason we joined the Chamber.” Northamptonshire companies interested in using


their Corporate Social Responsibility programme to benefit young people should visit www.youthworksnorthamptonshire.org.uk


industry is often treated with suspicion or mistrust and the more we can do to show our clients that we are trustworthy and can add real value to their business the better. “I work alongside a fantastic


team at Towergate and get to deal with a whole variety of clients, so no two days are ever the same. I’m constantly learning and facing new challenges.”


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