Our thanks to the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation for a donation of over £170,000. The partnership will enable Catch22 to create a programme in Bournemouth called the Apprentice Training Hub, which will work with 20 young people and their families to provide practical training and work experience/apprenticeships.
The Apprentice Training Hub aims to tackle unemployment among some of the most disadvantaged young people and their families. This partnership builds on the established relationship between J.P. Morgan and Catch22 in London, and will benefit families in the Boscombe, Townsend and West Howe areas of Bournemouth.
Carol Lake, Head of EMEA Philanthropy & Sponsorship at J.P. Morgan said:
'Improving young people’s access to enterprise, employability and training opportunities is critical to their long-term success, and J.P. Morgan is proud to support the delivery of these innovative programmes.'
Chris Wright, Chief Executive of Catch22 said:
'We work with young people in many different situations and believe every young person deserves the chance to get on in life – no matter what. These programmes will help to develop confidence and skills and allow each young person to achieve their potential. Catch22 has a history of successfully delivering programmes in Bournemouth and so we are delighted to be working as partner of J.P. Morgan in helping to create a resource that will be of lasting benefit to the local community.'
The programme will provide a supportive environment, where young people and entire families can access employability support, work experience / shadowing, apprenticeships and employment opportunities. The Apprenticeship Training Hub model relies on commercial relationships with local employers to provide them with bespoke services such as back-office administration and business telephone contact service centres.
Young people will have the opportunity to undertake either a Business Administration or Customer Service Apprenticeship while gaining valuable paid employment experience. Upon completion, trainees will have gained recognised accredited qualifications, and either a permanent job or apprenticeship with a local commercial partner or a clear pathway into future employment or further education.
In addition J.P. Morgan is also supporting Catch22 in delivering a community-based arts project that will use music, drama and art to engage with young people aged 10 to 19-years-old in West Howe. Participants will learn about issues that affect their wider community and will be supported to improve their self confidence, communication skills and motivation.
The project will be based at the Henry Brown Youth Centre in West Howe and will work with a range of community partners including the Bournemouth Integrated Youth Service, schools, the police and local businesses.
For further information, please contact Alan Brennan, Catch22.
Find out more about Catch22's apprenticeships offer.