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Catch22 and City & Guilds Foundation partner to support people into green jobs

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Catch22 has partnered with City & Guilds Foundation to launch a new programme, Green Spark. This bursary programme will support people facing barriers into employment to develop the skills, confidence and the knowledge needed to find work in the green energy industry.

The course will support participants to gain industry-standard knowledge that will lead to a qualification in Domestic Electrical Skills, as well as the opportunity to participate in other qualifications such as Domestic Electrical Vehicle Charging Point Installation and Solar Panel Installation. They will also be provided with one-to-one coaching for confidence, motivation, CV and interview skills. The programme will also include access to bursary support for tailored training, something our recent green skills report identified as key for ensuring green jobs are accessible to people facing barriers to employment.

Carly McGoldrick, Assistant Director of Partnerships at Catch22 said:

“At Catch22 we are committed to securing a greener, fairer future for all: this is a fantastic opportunity for people from underserved communities to access a growing industry. We look forward to working with our partners to empower people to grow their skills and move into long-term, sustainable careers in the green energy sector.”

Green Spark will be delivered in partnership with TradeSkills4U and City & Guilds Foundation. TradeSkills4U will help to provide course material, whilst City & Guilds Foundation will be the bursary provider.

Faiza Khan, Director of Corporate Affairs at City & Guilds, said:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Catch22 on the Green Spark programme to support people from the most underserved communities in England and Wales break down barriers to housing, mental health support and enhance experiences of the care and justice systems. Catch22 champions diversity; employability cohorts are 50% women and 50% from ethnically diverse backgrounds, which is particularly important in the net zero sector which currently lacks diversity.”

The programme is aimed at people aged 18+ who are based in Gatwick, Redhill, Brighton, Worthing and Guildford.