Developer donates to council initiative
by James Renoux-Wood Mon 27 January 2014, 10:41 am
The developer SEGRO has donated £5000 to an Ealing Council initiative to boost skills and employment in the borough.
'Ealing Pathways' offers people between 16 and 25 the chance to work as trainees in various council departments, as well as helping them achieve academic qualifications.
It was set up five years ago and has its base at the Westfield Young People’s Centre (WYPC).
SEGRO'S Neil Impiazzi, partnerships development manager at the company, said: “SEGRO is pleased to support a programme that gives young people a genuine advantage in the job market, and offers them an opportunity to learn a variety of skills.
“Employers are increasingly looking to recruit people with practical work experience as well as academic qualifications, and this programme helps bridge that gap.
“We will continue working with local authorities and charities in identifying opportunities to support and enhance the prospects of young people across London.”
SEGRO presented a cheque to council representatives at the WYPC at an event also attended by Ealing Pathways participants.
Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I would like to thank SEGRO for their generous contribution.
“This funding gives some of the borough’s vulnerable young people a much needed helping hand to get into work and training.
“Many of our graduates find Pathways a life changing opportunity and this money is helping to secure the programme for the future.
“We look forward to working with SEGRO, and other employers, in the future to increased work readiness skills for local young people.”