As President of JCI Southampton I am very proud to announce the launch of Southampton’s first Costa Academy in association with Costa Coffee. The new facility, a £29,000 joint project between the two organisations, will be launched officially by the Mayor of Southampton and local MP, Alan Whitehead, on Friday 6th July and will create a host of apprenticeships and training opportunities within Costa, offering unemployed youngsters an important employment lifeline in the city. It will also provide other community organisations and clubs across the city with a dedicated venue where meetings and training opportunities can take place, as well as becoming the home of JCI Southampton’s Council team.
I am truly excited that JCI Southampton is able to partner Costa Coffee in providing this valuable asset to the city and its workforce. This is the latest initiative that we have launched to help promote the personal and professional development of young people in the city, and also to serve the wider community itself. All new apprentices will not only benefit from the academy but will also have the opportunity to join JCI and gain access to the wide network of young professional members and business partner organisations both in Southampton and across the UK.
In supporting the project, JCI Southampton has become the first UK chamber to win a National Lottery bid (of over £9,000). This is a major intiative for our chamber & the first of its type across JCI UK. We hope that this will prove to be a great template for other chambers & projects to follow, enabling them to work with their own partner organisations to enhance communities across the UK & provide opportunities for the people that live and are employed in them.
To end on a great note, all apprentices coming through the academy will have the opportunity to join JCI through a funding scheme – allowing them to access the wide network of young professional members and business partner organisations both in Southampton and across the UK.
Please find attached the first pre-cursor press article on the academy & watch out for more press coverage over the next few days!
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This post was written by Drew Charman