New Opportunity Centre in Wakefield is Officially Opened
08 November, 2019
On Friday 8th November, a vast area of people from the aspire-igen team descended on Wakefield. Employees travelled from all over Yorkshire, with every Opportunity Centre and project being represented in one way or another. They did this to entertain a whole host of representatives from the local council, schools, colleges and businesses. They were all there to celebrate the launch of brand new Wakefield Opportunity Centre. This was formally opened by Mayor Councillor Charles Keith and his wife the Mayoress, Mrs Grace Keith.
Aspire-igen is committed to changing lives for the better through learning and work and provides a range of services aimed at helping people and communities to be the best they can be. The Opportunity Centre, previously on Navigation Yard, has moved to a city centre location, right next door to the bus station on Providence Street, to make it easier for the Wakefield community to access the services available.
Young people are able to attend a number of free vocational courses run through the aspire2work programme including Construction, Health & Social Care/Childcare and Horticulture. Facilities are excellent with a practical construction site on the premises and their own off-site allotment so that leaners can put their new found skills into practice.
Other services running at the Centre include Accelerate, which offers bespoke and tailored programmes for those aged 15-24 who are at risk of disengaging from education or who are not in education, employment or training. To support them into employment or education, alongside Shine Careers, this works with local schools and colleges to improve pupils’ chances of career success.
There was a true sense of celebration and optimism at the event about what The Opportunity Centre brings to the city. Caroline Harrison, Group Chief Executive Officer of aspire-igen said;-
“I’m thrilled that we are bringing more opportunity to the centre of Wakefield. With this new bigger centre, we can offer our services to more people in Wakefield than ever before. We also hope to keep expanding and move into adult learning here. Our motto is “It’s all about you’ and we’re here to do all we can to help the Wakefield community realise their aspirations and help the region prosper. We are particularly proud of the work we do to support young people. Aspire2work offers smaller class sizes allowing us to offer a caring and supportive environment with a condensed 3 day week study programme. I encourage people to visit The Opportunity Centre and see for themselves the great resources that are available.”
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