Skills 4 Life initiative launch

  14 JUNE, 2017
Skills 4 Life initiative launch

We're excited to launch our new Skills 4 Life initiative, focused on equipping people with skills they need to succeed.

The initiative was officially launched with a skills session hosted at The Macari Centre, a homeless shelter founded by football legend Lou Macari. A selection of our skilled operatives including Apprentice of the Year, James Riley, were on hand to teach those using the centre painting and decorating skills to help them transform their lives and give them a potential route to employment.

Commenting on the initiative, centre founder Lou Macari said: “We’re very happy to welcome Novus’ team to the Lou Macari Centre to work alongside the people staying here and teach them valuable skills that can help them to find a route into work. 

“I founded this centre to help people who the mainstream system left behind, and I am very grateful for Novus’ help in teaching them valuable skills and helping us to provide better living conditions here at the centre too.”

We launched Skills 4 Life with the aim of transforming thousands of lives through supporting skills training and employment opportunities.  Feedback from the thousands of people who had participated in – and benefited from – our Changing Lives programme showed that the skills opportunities were the most transformative part of the initiative.  This led Novus to commit fully to equipping people with useful skills that can help them succeed.

Under the Skills 4 Life scheme, we will offer training workshops like the one at the Macari Centre, as well as work placements, training for individuals looking to gain additional skills, as well as offering people the opportunity to join Novus’ apprenticeship scheme.

We will also run a bi-monthly social media giveaway where community projects or charities focused on building skills can apply to win £200 in funding for their project.  Later in the year, we will return to the Macari Centre to undertake a refurbishment programme.

Chris Walford, director at Novus, said: “Our Changing Lives initiative helped over 20,000 people in the past two years, which is a remarkable achievement and the initiative will continue to change lives throughout 2017 and beyond.

“However, we know from our work with communities that upskilling people can have an enormous impact on their lives, giving them a route into a career in construction at a time when the industry urgently requires skilled people.

“This year, we decided to focus exclusively on skills as we know that this is where we can make the biggest positive changes, for individuals and for our industry as a whole.  That’s why we have launched Skills 4 Life, and we are confident that we will be able to give thousands of people the chance to build their life using the skills our training team and partners pass on.”

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