CEO: Keeping us operational

This past week has once again been a jam packed one, with new local restrictions put in place and understanding what they mean for us.

On the whole they do not change any of our provision and because of its importance of supporting our community, our local authority have been very supportive in keeping us operational.

We did however, have to unfortunately move our Traineeship programme to virtual delivery, because of a positive test result in the students bubble.

Every student has continued to engage and complete their work from home, with virtual support from our staff. They will all returned to class on Wednesday.

The one element that caused us the most concern was their work placements, which had to be postponed whilst they isolated, but again all the providers have been extremely understanding and supportive and agreed for all to return, now they are allowed back out of their homes.

It’s examples like above that confirm for me the amazing community spirit we have in the town and how we all come together to support those in need.

Our Traineeship programme is targeted at 16-24 year olds, who are out of work and education and engage in our 12 week programme to build their Maths and English qualifications, employability skills and also a work experience in an area they would like to progress.

Over the past six years we have worked with well over 500 young people and have a 70% success rate of getting students into work after the programme. We have plans and desires to extend this provision further in the future, to support young people in greater need and also people over the age of 25.

Next week also sees the return of our Holiday Sports Camps after the break we had to take during lockdown. We have had to develop community bubbles for parents to buy places for their children. To keep within the guidance we have had to ask all to book for the full week but, the full week of support (from 9am-4pm each day) will only cost £50.

Activities include Football, Multi Sports, Arts and Crafts and many more fun things going on. The Sports Camps will take place at two venues, Unity Academy and Highfield Academy. If anyone would like to book a place, please go to: We are accepting online bookings only and this link will close at 4pm on Friday 23rd October 2020.