News story published on 11 December 2013
The winners of the first ever LEP Prize Challenge has been unveiled, with eight voluntary and social enterprises winning £30,000 each to help get people back into work.
Earlier this year, the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) earmarked £1 million of funding over the next three years to deliver this ground-breaking Prize Challenge Fund scheme, with the first £240,000 being announced this week.
The eight organisations selected to receive the LEP Prize Challenge award are:
- Axiom Crossroads Care – Plan into Employment programme
- CHS Group – Enterprise Communities project
- Cross Keys Homes – Moving forward into work
- Future Business – No NEET school leaver
- Groundwork – Grassroots
- Living Sport – Sport Future
- Prince’s Trust – Get into machining
- Wintercomfort – Overstream clean
The winners will receive £30,000 each to improve and develop the skills of people who are experiencing multiple challenges and struggling to access sustained employment. The most successful projects then have the chance to compete for a further £50,000 of funding to help develop their projects further.
Grahame Nix, Chief Executive of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, explains: “Here at the LEP, we understand the importance to our region of having a skilled workforce and also the importance of having a job. The Prize Challenge Fund is providing £30,000 of funding for our eight finalists to make a real difference to people within their local communities. We received a wide range of project ideas, with the winners ranging from a programme to train young people to become CNC machinists within a successful local company through to the creation of a cleaning social enterprise in Cambridge to help people who are at risk of, or were formerly, homeless.
“In total, we aim to help 1,000 disadvantaged people to become job ready and 250 people into paid employment within our area through the Prize Challenge. By fostering innovation we are creating new approaches for the future that will help people find work and support growth in our area.”
Cross Keys Homes’ Director of Operations, Claire Higgins, added: “We are really delighted to have been chosen as one of the organisations to receive this funding, which will go a long way to helping many young unemployed people in Peterborough secure six months’ paid pre-apprenticeship work placements and job skills training.
“Our Moving 4ward programme encourages young people to develop themselves and think about what they want to do as a career, as well as offering further training, education or employment, post their initial six-months’ work placements.
“This funding will make such a difference and enable us to bring on board the city’s Tacking Worklessness in Peterborough project group, providing many more private and public sector placements across the city as well as helping to get more young people into work.”
All of the award winners filmed a video submission as a part of the application process to summarise their project concept. You can watch the videos online here: http://www.yourlocalenterprisepartnership.co.uk/lep-prize-challenge-videos/