Supported by The Big Lottery Fund and The European Social Fund

Learning Academy

We look forward to a successful partnership with learners, employers and key stakeholders across our region to help drive up much needed skills levels.

Tony Knaggs
Managing Director, Goodwill Solutions Learning Academy CIC

Working Progress Project:
Providing real support to those in need



Northamptonshire based Social Enterprise Goodwill Solutions Learning Academy CIC offers a range of practical help to help Commsortia as part of the £1.4 million Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project, helping disadvantaged groups of people back onto the path into employment.

We offer a package of pre-employment support to participants, including accessing CSCS Green cards, driving lessons, confidence building and mentoring, CV writing and life skills; all of which focuses on the needs of the individual to move them towards sustainable employment.

Who are our beneficiaries?

Anyone who is unemployed can take part, but we focus on those with additional barriers to work who often fall into these categories: Disabilities, Over 50’s, BAME Groups, (Ex-)Offenders, and long term unemployed.

How many people will take part?

We are aiming to support 82 people during the lifetime of the project.

    How long will the project run?

    The project officially started in October 2016 and is due to be completed by September 2019.

    Who is funding the project?

    The project is part of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme and is funded by European Social Fund with match funding from Big Lottery.

    What can we offer?

    • Access to Ofsted approved Childminding training
    • Access to training to gain a CSCS Green Card
    • Confidence building
    • Warehouse and mechanical handling training
    • Driving Lessons
    • A range of Pre-employment, work relevant training and support
    • ID such as passport or birth certificate

      Work Readiness Action Programme



      Goodwill Solutions CIC is partnered with twelve Northamptonshire based organisations to deliver the Work Readiness Action Programme (WRAP), a £1.4 million Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project, engaging, supporting and helping people into employment. WRAP looks at the challenges people face, provides access to pre-employment programmes and reduces barriers to work through skills development and vocational training that help people gain the skills they need to find and keep a job.

      This project is funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery, and commenced in August 2016. Through this project, Goodwill Solutions CIC and their partners aim to support over 1,000 people in the county on their journey towards employment by the end of July 2019.



        Support into sustainable employment


        Are you a local provider?

        We are currently looking for local providers in Northamptonshire who are currently working with groups facing the following barriers to join our Building Better Opportunities Work Readiness Action Programme.

        • Parental or Carer Responsibilities
        • Health Issues/ Disabilities
        • Over 50
        • Lone Parent
        • Homeless
        • Ex Offender or Offender
        • Low Level of Skills

        The Building Better Opportunities brings together funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

        If you would like to express your interest in joining our Partnership then please contact either Tony Knaggs or Gemma Wells on the details below:

        Tony Knaggs
        tony.knaggs@learningacademy.org.uk
        07917 128797

        Gemma Wells
        gemma.wells@learningacademy.org.uk
        07786 326169

        You must have experience in working with ESF Projects. Please do not apply if you haven’t.

        Preparing for work?

        Our Learning Academy can help.

        If you, or someone you know, need support to prepare for work, want to develop work-related skills, are looking for vocational training, need help in making applications, or just want to understand the best way to go about securing sustainable employment, get in touch today.

        Our Partner Network and Their Service Offering



        Goodwill Solutions Learning Academy CIC

        Support for those looking for work that needs skills or some support to get a job. We support you if you are unemployed of any age and looking for work, an ex-offender, learning difficulties or you have minor health issues. We offer support with gaining office skills and entry level qualifications in the logistics and construction sectors, access to traineeships (19-24 year olds only), help with getting an ID, support to increase self-confidence, and numerous work focused and skills development programmes designed to help you become work ready and gain employment.

        Youth Works

        We have a track record of delivering Youth and community work across the Kettering and Corby areas, early intervention and prevention programmes for children, young people and their families to help them maintain quality of life, prevent problems getting worse and reduce the demand for specialist support service, an alternative learning provision to KS3/KS4 students to further enhance achievement potential, and information, support and counselling to promote emotional well-being.

        eVolve

        Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Service, Onsite Apprenticeship Training Courses with Online Learning Materials, Training Courses, Online Courses

        Groundwork Northamptonshire

        The Green Patch is a 2.5 acre site situated on the edge of a housing estate in Kettering. Over the years the site has been improved by volunteers, and currently consists of a building, disabled access toilet, poly-tunnels, ducks and chickens, raised beds, compost and wildlife areas, beehives, natural play area, pond, orchard and summer house.

        Service Six

        Service Six provide a wide variety of services for children, young people, adults, families & communities. Contracts and grant funding enables us to provide some free access to our services.

        Hope Centre

        We work to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in Northampton by giving people a hand up not a hand out.

        Recognising that if you continually provide hand-outs there is no incentive to become self-sufficient, our work is focused on helping others to help themselves, providing support and services that will enable individuals to take back control of their own lives.

        Aimhigher Northamptonshire

        Aimhigher works with NEET young people and unemployed adults providing activities to support job-readiness and employability skills preparing them for their next career step or bringing them closer to the job-market.

        Corby & Kettering Citizens Advice Services and Northampton Citizens Advice Services

        We are a local Citizens Advice Charity serving the communities of Northamptonshire, offering free, impartial and confidential advice in a range of areas; including debt, welfare benefits, housing, employment, consumer and family and personal.  Our service is open to all residents.

        Diversiti

        Specialists in providing bespoke learning and development programmes and a tailored consultancy service. With over twenty years of experience in disability awareness, equality and diversity and teaching English as a second language, we are committed to delivering development solutions that produce results.

        Our expert trainers and consultants use their communicative and interpersonal skills to inspire and encourage delegates to immerse themselves in the programme, developing knowledge, skills and practical application.

        Umbrella Fair

        We are a Northampton-based community co-operative of local people promoting sustainable living, environmental awareness and community co-operation in Northampton.Our work on building environmental awareness has delivered valuable support and advice on energy efficiency that has helped local residents reduce fuel bills. We have also established several social enterprises, including marquee hire and bicycle recycling to help generate funds to maintain our community projects.

        Want to hear more?

        Our Learning Academy has its own dedicated team with its own contact information:
        Email: admin@learningacademy.org.uk, Telephone: 01604422464
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