Storeroom 2010 enabling local people to learn a new trade
Storeroom 2010 on the Isle of Wight aims to relieve unemployment for Islanders through the provision of training, work experience and volunteering opportunities in order to find employment. The organisation has been awarded a grant under the Solent Community Grants Programme enabling local people over the age of 18 and currently affected by skills gaps to learn a trade such as carpentry and plumbing, allowing them to complete a course through to certification; while at the same time obtaining support and practical help with their search for employment. The group aims to provide courses and activities to a minimum of 70 clients during 2017, with the intention of successfully retraining and helping people to become work ready.
Nick Miller, CEO at Storeroom 2010 commented "The majority of those we help have been long-term unemployed either due to mental or physical health issues or for most because of low level educational achievement. We have a high level of male clients looking to become involved with the trades industry, aspiring to achieve qualifications in areas such as plumbing and horticulture. Many long-term unemployed on the Isle of Wight have very little experience to put on their CV and we are aiming to address this issue through providing the opportunity for people to learn a practical skill that will be theirs to use in their future working life. Skills gaps are currently proving difficult for the local education system to overcome, which greatly affects our small island community and we are working towards alleviating this serious problem".
The Solent Community Grants Programme has been created by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and is supported by the European Social Fund, HIWCF donors, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council.