Haven Power commits to help boost employability and skills for students in Ipswich
20th February 2020
Energy provider Haven Power has become a ‘Cornerstone Employer’ - a scheme that works with other businesses to develop employability and skills for students in schools and colleges in Ipswich.
Haven Power, one of Drax Group’s customer businesses which specialises in supplying businesses with renewable electricity, is working with The Careers & Enterprise Company and the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network, to provide young people in the Ipswich Opportunity Area with access to lessons to provide them with essential skills such as interview techniques and CV writing, as well as work experience programmes, enabling them to make informed choices about their future.
In a nationwide ‘Social Mobility Index’ carried out in 2017, Ipswich ranked very low, coming in at 292 out of the 324 local authority areas. The index assessed the chances that a disadvantaged child (measured by eligibility for free school meals) will perform and get a job.
As a result, the town was selected by the Department for Education as one of 12 Opportunity Areas in England to receive an equal share of £72 million. The funding will deliver plans to build the knowledge and skills of local young people and provide them with the best advice and opportunities to progress in their career.
Part of the programme will focus on greater collaboration to bridge the gap between education and employers – an initiative Haven Power has committed to support.
Paul Sheffield, Managing Director of Drax’s customer businesses, including Haven Power, said: “Drax is committed to supporting social mobility in the communities where we work, so we’re delighted to join the Cornerstone Employer programme. When businesses work together with community partners to boost education, it helps improve opportunities for people from all backgrounds to develop their careers and ensures the workforce of the future has the skills employers need.
“Encouraging young people to study STEM subjects helps to ensure we have skilled and creative people who can develop the innovative, smart technologies needed to help businesses become more sustainable, and play an important role in addressing the climate crisis.”
Jordan Holder, Enterprise Coordinator for New Anglia LEP, said:” I am thrilled that Haven Power are committing their time to supporting young people in Ipswich to have more meaningful encounters with the world of work. Haven Power is our first Cornerstone Employer to represent the energy sector in Ipswich and it’s crucial more young people are aware of the fantastic opportunities available to them on their doorsteps.
“Haven have already gone above and beyond prior to becoming a Cornerstone Employer with supporting Ipswich Academy with two volunteer ‘Enterprise Advisers’ from the business. Additionally, they have supported a variety of activities at the school including funding a Greenpower racing car for the students to learn about STEM.”
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