Skills that pay the billsWednesday, 04 January 2017 10:07
One of FRN's member charities, Storeroom2010, have taken home the coveted Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Award for Excellence for their Skills Gap Training project.
Storeroom2010 ethos is second chances, be it for furniture that can be re-used or for unemployed people who come to them to learn a new skill, gain an accreditation and improve their employability.
Their latest project has been a phenomenal success and trained over 200 people with key skills to help them kick-start their careers. Most were accredited free or low cost NOCN courses in Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery in Construction, Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery in Construction, Health & Safety in a Construction Environment (in preparation for application for CSCS card in order to work on building sites) or Emergency First Aid At Work (Health & Safety Executive approval). The latter being very popular with people looking for a career in care, where there are many positions available on the Isle of Wight.
To provide these life changing courses Storeroom needed premises. And thanks to funding from a variety of sources, £70,000 was raised to provide a venue for essential skills training. The purchase of the main premises went through in the summer of 2016, and has secured Storeroom's future in the Isle of Wight community. Storeroom are now planning on applying for funding to help make the building more user friendly including plans to install a lift to the first floor for disabled customers and solar panels to improve energy efficiency.
Wendy Miller from Storeroom explained "We have entered awards for four years with no luck, so we were determined to win it this time! There is no monetary reward, but we hope the recognition improves awareness of the training we provide and how we can help people who struggle with unemployment."
The Business in the Community award recognises a business of any size and sector that has contributed most to the Island’s wider community, through support, partnerships or social investment in community projects.
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