More than 200 people in Colchester could be given opportunities enabling them to secure jobs - thanks to two new projects.
Colne, the Essex-based housing association has teamed up with Swarm Apprenticeships and Qube Learning to provide real apprenticeships and training.
Colne’s former office in Sir Isaacs Walk, Colchester, will open in April as the first Kickstart base for vocational training delivered by Colne in partnership with national training provider Qube Learning. Kickstart aims to provide skills and vocational training for around 150 people in the first year, enabling them to be in a better position to get a job. Halfords has already signed up some of its Colchester trainees. Colne’s repairs contractors Foster, part of the Lakehouse Group, fitted out the shop for free.
Alistair Heron, Colne’s Partnerships and Business Development Manager said:
“We are proud to be creating new opportunities not only for our residents, be they job seekers or employers, but across the borough of Colchester . Colne is committed to enabling independent living and individual aspirations and these two new projects could bring the stability of a job to many people in our local community.”
Swarm Apprenticeships in partnership with Colne, aims to link entrepreneurial young people, who may not fit in at college or university, with businesses offering real accredited enterprise apprenticeships. Swarm is successful in Norfolk and Colne has invested £15,000 to help them expand into Essex. In the first year 30 apprenticeships are set to be created.
Robert Ashton, Swarm’s founder said: “These young people often go unnoticed. University doesn’t appeal, college is not for them and neither is a trade apprenticeship. Swarm Essex with Colne will help unlock their potential.”