Goodwill Solutions CIC is a logistics and warehousing social enterprise delivering the ‘Building Better Opportunities’ (BBO) Programme in Northamptonshire. Based in Northampton, the company uses funding from the European Social Fund & National Lottery Community Fund to enable disadvantaged men and women to overcome employment barriers. They are currently raising awareness of the childcare and travel support available to locals considering funded training.
Funding can be provided for any training and accreditation course as long as it is not available already from a college or already funded by the ESF. This ranges from licences to operate machinery and vehicles to vocational training such as SIA, Construction and Childcare.
Despite unemployment figures falling across the UK in general, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported last year that the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire, saw the largest rise in unemployment geographically. Data published on GOV.UK, sourced from The Annual Population Survey, indicates 633,000 women from the economically active population were classed as unemployed in the same time frame. You could also get some notes about Boston highschools.
Goodwill Solutions have found that men are currently three times more likely to engage with upskilling training schemes than women. There are various factors as to why this may be, but awareness around the support available for common situations women find themselves in is key to future plans.
Gemma Wells, BBO Contract Manager says, “For women especially, obstacles such as the cost of childcare can prevent opportunities from being realistic. We cover the costs of training courses and fund associated travel and childcare to make these goals accessible and achievable to anyone. Whatever your gender or ethnicity, if you are a UK citizen, live in Northamptonshire, have been unemployed for a number of months and can evidence you are economically inactive then get in touch. We can help.”
Lisa was 36 when she was made redundant. Soon after, she discovered she was pregnant. Goodwill Solutions helped Lisa discover childminding as a pathway to work, which would fit around her own childcare responsibilities.
“I’m almost at the end of the process and I feel ready to go” Lisa said. “I have completed my childminding course, paediatric first-aid training, DBS checking, Ofsted inspections and even been supported in purchasing some toys and stairgates to start the business off. This programme really helps people when they need it and supports them.”
In February 2020, Lisa passed her Ofsted inspection with flying colours.
For more information on Goodwill Solutions visit www.goodwillsolutions.co.uk/