Aspire-igen secures a £1 million European contract.
14 November, 2016
We are pleased to announce that we are celebrating a hat-trick of wins after securing a £1 million European contract. We previously beat national and international companies to advise the Egyptian government on training its future workforce, and develop careers guidance resources for schools and colleges around the Leeds City region.
We have now been awarded a European Social Fund contract by the Skills Funding Agency, and will offer support in the Humber region to help people into work in a project called InspireMe. We will also co-ordinate the development of resources that enable schools to better link with employers who want to work with young people.
It has been a whirlwind few months for us, after winning almost £6 million of new business since the end of September. It comes on the back of good and improving Ofsted reports on our programme for 16-18 year olds, aspire2work, and following our announcement that we will be relocating to bigger premises in Cheapside, close to the Broadway shopping centre.
Caroline Harrison, our group CEO, has noticed a distinct difference over the period. "We have more and more organisations coming to us and wanting to work directly with us. For example, we developed an information resource about working in sectors where opportunities are going to grow over the next decade. We did it to support our partner agencies, but then out of the blue several Councils have got in touch to ask to buy copies to supply to schools and colleges. What began as a small piece of work has now turned into a commercial venture for us".
Caroline has no doubt where this success stems from. "Education and careers advice has been a very challenging area to work in over the last six years, with significant funding cuts reducing support to people who need help. But throughout that our staff have been superb - working above and beyond the call of duty, and doing really high quality work, sometimes in the toughest circumstances."
It's an approach that has paid dividends. Despite many competitors going to the wall, our group's staffing has increased from 69 four years ago to over 250 right now. With a further 30 positions being created by the new business we have won, its probably a good job that we are moving to those much bigger premises.
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