A local business has scored again in the community, as Notts County Foundation says thanks to The Nottingham’s £5000 donation.
The money will help us deliver our education programmes, which allow young people to study for a BTEC Sport or Sport Leader diploma as well as learning functional skills in other core subjects, such as English, Maths and ICT.
Aimed at 16 to 18-year-olds and run in partnership with South Nottinghamshire Academy, the BTEC programme provides students with the opportunity to work towards a vocational qualification for a career in the sport industry or to study further at university.
A report called The Youth Opportunity Index*, published by the Learning and Work Institute, ranked Nottingham a lowly 132nd out of 135 UK areas where there was likelihood of a young person being NEET (not in education, employment or training).
And with Government legislation requiring all 16 to 18-year-olds to be in some form of education, training or employment, The Nottingham’s donation will help up to 60 of them locally take part in their education programmes.
The money will be used to purchase technology to ensure lessons can continue in a Covid-19 safe environment and be put towards the cost of new football kit, as the young people also represent Notts County Foundation in matches as well as engaging in their studies.
Notts County Foundation’s Education Manager Martin Carruthers said: “This is an extremely kind donation from The Nottingham, who have once again shown their dedication to supporting suitable local projects that align with their ethos.
“The money will go towards ensuring that a large group of local young people have a vital career and development pathway, and we can’t thank the building society enough for the role they are playing in delivering that.”
David Marlow, Chief Executive of The Nottingham, added: “We are delighted to be able to play a part in the continued success of Notts County’s excellent Eduaction programmes as it is a natural follow-on to the launch of our online Career Academy in the summer.
“As an organisation we are committed to helping young people in our communities achieve their career and life goals by delivering whatever skills and resources we can as a business as well as getting right behind wonderful projects like this.”