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‘STEP UP’ TO SUFFOLK’S YOUNG PEOPLE WITH INSPIRE SUFFOLK

 ‘STEP UP’ TO SUFFOLK’S YOUNG PEOPLE WITH INSPIRE SUFFOLK

Young people across the region will get to benefit from a new scheme to help them learn hospitality skills thanks to a superb new partnership between Vertas, charity Inspire Suffolk, and hotel group TA Hotel Collection.

Inspire Suffolk’s two-week Step Up programme, funded by the New Anglia LEP, aims to provide young people aged 16-24, the opportunity to gain industry-related training and qualifications as a stepping stone into employment.

The two courses will run in Ipswich and Lowestoft – towns which contain pockets of the worst deprivation in the UK (according to the Suffolk Community Foundation’s Hidden Needs Report 2016).

TA Hotel Collection are hoping to offer young people who complete the course a role at one of their prestigious Suffolk coastal hotels, such as The Crown in Woodbridge and The White Lion in Aldeburgh.

Vertas are offering roles such as Food Service Assistants with fantastic opportunities for career progression. The course includes interview skills, CV building, relevant job training, supported work experience at one of Vertas' catering locations and Food Hygiene qualifications.

Terry Baxter, CEO of Inspire Suffolk, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with TA Hotel Collection and Vertas on such a beneficial project, supporting and believing in the potential of local young people. Our Step Up courses are a brilliant way to bridge the skills gap and our partnership with local companies through the courses are a great example of ‘local supporting local’ and we thank them both very much.”

Commenting on the new partnership Peter Osborne, TA Hotel Collection Managing Director – Coast added:

“We are committed to making a difference for young people and helping to educate the next generation of hospitality industry professionals. We look forward to welcoming the students at our hotels where they can experience a real customer focused environment and put their learning into context.”

Ian Surtees MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Vertas Group Limited says: “The opportunity to upskill and develop disadvantaged young people, while recruiting talent for our growing business, is one we jumped at. This collaboration will give those who have had to overcome additional challenges the chance to ‘Step Up’ into a promising career in the catering and hospitality sector. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming the new recruits to Vertas and supporting them into work.”

Inspire Suffolk has previously run Step Up courses in Health & Social Care, Construction, Hospitality, Retail and Sport with many more to launch in sectors where upskilling is needed. This has allowed young people to gain qualifications and training they require to get onto their desired career path including CSCS card training and Health & Safety qualifications, with many opportunities available to partner with local organisations to provide prospects to local young people.

Article by Vertas Group Limited

Vertas is a Soft Facilities Management Service that provides catering, caretaking and cleaning, grounds maintenance, design and print services, custodial and security services, courier and postal services, building entry security and centralised services (reception, fleet management, etc.). These services are offered as a complete, integrated, single-point, service delivery option or they can be individually accessed where that is the preferred option. In addition to the self-delivery implementation Traded Services can provide strategic support, design and consultancy services for any of their service lines to assist clients in developing their policies, specifications and operational programmes.

Vertas can work for private or public sector clients and has a broad scope of experience and expertise gained by looking after a wide range of buildings including, Local Authority buildings, commercial offices, schools and colleges, public amenities, social housing and parks. We are happy to work directly for end-user clients or through a customer's appointed managing agents or facilities managers. Through a network of strategic partners and framework alliances the overall service Vertas delivers can be extended to cover the whole range of project, facilities management and corporate real estate support activities.

The service support and professional property services offered by Vertas cover a range of discrete though often related tasks, which are predominantly focused on the efficient running and maintenance of buildings and the wellbeing and safety of their occupants.

From the time we become involved it is our objective to deliver exactly what clients require at a cost that is good for their business. We want the clients to feel that they have made the right decision in selecting Traded Services as their Preferred Service Delivery Partner.

Why should you choose Vertas as your Preferred Service Delivery Partner?

We have developed a corporate proposition to deliver:

  • A service which helps you sustain and grow your business
  • Best value delivery - the best team on the job
  • Peace of mind with health and safety and all other statutory requirements
  • Protection of our clients' best interest, be it individual or corporate
  • Professionalism in everything we do
  • Well proven and long standing partnerships
  • Value and risk-free appointment and experience