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๐ŸŽ– Families of those who have served have enjoyed free activities @BeaconofLight, thanks to our partnership withโ€ฆ https://t.co/1wAnPI4uou

๐Ÿค– ๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ข ๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—˜๐—ฆ Great day of code cracking for youngsters on our holiday coursesโ€ฆ Know someone whoโ€™d enjoy takingโ€ฆ https://t.co/LZEGAITb8n

๐Ÿ‘Š In an effort to combat holiday hunger, youngsters on our summer courses have enjoyed a packed lunch each day andโ€ฆ https://t.co/LjQCqr5NQg

๐Ÿง  @ParagonCC_UK were on of the first companies to get involved with the #BeAGameChanger programme. Staff well-beinโ€ฆ https://t.co/hM2Bf2HWVW

๐‘ฑ๐’๐’ƒ ๐’—๐’‚๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’Š๐’†๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’ #๐‘ป๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž๐‘ญ๐’๐‘ณ ๐Ÿ”บ Skills Officer ๐Ÿ”บ Recruitment Lead ๐Ÿ”บ Matchday Lottery Sellers ๐Ÿ”บ Physiotherapist ๐Ÿ”บ Fโ€ฆ https://t.co/O7dVw2eNUc

๐Ÿค Weโ€™ve partnered with I Am Team GB and their free Festival of Sport this summer! Join us on Sunday 15 August โ€“ eโ€ฆ https://t.co/Pp6N1EJgY0

๐Ÿ‘ A great showcase for the #BeAGameChanger programme. Well done to everyone involved https://t.co/Iwxrq2JLFw

โ›ณ ๐Ž๐๐„ ๐–๐„๐„๐Š ๐“๐Ž ๐†๐Ž We're looking forward to welcoming teams to our Golf Day @RamsideGolfClub Find out more aboutโ€ฆ https://t.co/Nuo4hjSwIZ

๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐™Ž๐™๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™š๐™™! ๐ŸŽฏ Our very own #pingdemic at the Beacon of Light today. โšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ https://t.co/jivXid8HZd

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ Big โค๏ธ for the inflatables! https://t.co/v9gIQC71WY

And itโ€™s end to end stuff with these little dribblers! ๐Ÿ’ฅ https://t.co/UYIobuh4Vq

Itโ€™s that time again! ๐Ÿค— The inflatables are out! #SummerAtTheBeacon https://t.co/JSf0X5c5QO

RT @BeaconofLight: ๐Ÿ† @SAFCFoL's first-ever #BeAGameChanger Tournament brought local businesses together to raise awareness of mental healthโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐™‹๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™˜๐™š๐™จ Our @FoLScholars players enjoying another pre-season session in the sun! https://t.co/AQ3DwpbYkd

๐Ÿ’ฆ We can all do our bit to save waterโ€ฆ https://t.co/lfukYlMmEm

โณ Back in 2010, Kenwyne Jones visited Lumley Junior School in Chester-le-Street, to join pupils on our Family Learnโ€ฆ https://t.co/4hRIG82ZTW

๐Ÿ˜ Check out these ๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ข ๐๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ causing a stir in the kitchen @BeaconofLight We still have places on some family coโ€ฆ https://t.co/br4V7jFwwv

๐Ÿค— ๐™พ๐™ฟ๐™ฟ๐™พ๐š๐šƒ๐š„๐™ฝ๐™ธ๐šƒ๐™ธ๐™ด๐š‚ ๐™ต๐™พ๐š @weare_livin ๐šƒ๐™ด๐™ฝ๐™ฐ๐™ฝ๐šƒ๐š‚ ๐šƒ๐™ท๐™ธ๐š‚ ๐š‚๐š„๐™ผ๐™ผ๐™ด๐š All sessions are free to join, book now ๐Ÿ‘‰โ€ฆ https://t.co/Ivvl4JWcjM

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ข ๐™Šโ€™๐™‰๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ we have a message from ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™™๐™š๐™งโ€ฆ @LukeONien is leading the charge in our #FitForFoL challenge ๐Ÿ…โ€ฆ https://t.co/mdtIbumUaH

๐ŸŽ‰ Today marks 10 years of the @EFLTrust supporting thousands of young people through @NCS! ๐Ÿค— We are so proud to coโ€ฆ https://t.co/Lt4G5D4lFr

Harrison Centre renews social mobility partnership

Hundreds more young people on Wearside will have the opportunity to learn crucial education and employability skills, after theย Harrison Centre for Social Mobilityย renewed its partnership with the Foundation of Light.

The Harrison Centre works with hundreds of young people at the charityโ€™s home โ€“ the Beacon of Light – to provide the tuition and training they need to help them grow in confidence, gain qualifications, become more work ready and ultimately secure a job.

Alongside the continued financial commitment, the Harrison Centre and its partner business, True Potential, have also donated a number of state-of-the-art laptops to the charity to support young people from low-income families access online learning from their home, during the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The continued partnership means the Harrison Centre has invested over ยฃ200,000 in Foundation of Light employability programmes since it opened its learning centre at the Beacon in 2018.

Over the last two years 1,069 young people aged 13 and over took part in courses providing essential skills in ICT/Digital, Managing Finances, Maths and English, Personal and Social Development and Business & Enterprise.

This year alone, nearly 600 sessions were delivered face to face, alongside 85 hours of delivery during lockdown and over 180 qualifications achieved with a pass rate of 94.5% across all courses.

10 learners have also completed apprenticeships with 100% achieving qualifications and 97% progressed into work. Learners have also gone on to achieve further qualifications after their apprenticeships, including one learner progressing to university following completion of the Level 3 Business Administration programme. Learners also achieved Level 4 qualifications in teaching and Level 2 in Information, Advice and Guidance.

The Harrison Centre for Social Mobility was founded by entrepreneur David Harrison in 2017 with a belief that no one should be held back by background or upbringing. The Centre works with organisations that support disadvantaged people into employment.

In total, almost ยฃ1 million has been donated to social mobility causes across the UK by the Harrison Centre since it was founded.

David Harrison said: โ€œWe are delighted to continue our work with the Foundation of Light. They are a fantastic organisation, and seeing what theyโ€™ve done during lockdown confirmed what I already knew; brilliant people doing brilliant things.

โ€œThe charityโ€™s ability to adapt under such difficult circumstances this year, when it would’ve been easier to close, is unbelievable and it is clear that the Foundation staff have really put people first.

 

โ€œIโ€™m really impressed by what the young people have achieved and their progression into further education, training and employment, especially given that learning had to move from face-to-face delivery, to online study as a result of lockdown.

โ€œWhat the students have achieved this year is testament to the outstanding staff and learners at the Foundation. They should be very proud of what they have achieved.โ€

Jamie Wright, Managing Director of the Foundation of Light added: โ€œWith the ongoing support of the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility, the Foundation of Light will once again be able to continue the development of these bespoke employability programmes. Much can be achieved together with a long-term view to create a sustainable portfolio of programmes to support our young people to do more and be more.

โ€œThis year we have faced the challenge of moving our programmes online and making sure we continue to provide high quality learning and opportunities to our young people. The kind donation of laptops by David Harrison and his team will ensure that we can give people the chance to learn, no matter their circumstances or background.โ€

After setting up the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility, David Harrison co-founded the national Social Mobility Pledge, alongside former Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Justine Greening.

The Pledge asks businesses to commit to working with local schools, offering apprenticeships and adopting fair recruitment policies, such as name-blind or contextual recruitment.

Since it was launched, 550 businesses and universities across the UK employing seven million people have signed the Social Mobility Pledge. One of the first companies to sign the Pledge was David Harrisonโ€™s financial technology business, True Potential, based in Newcastle.

14 December 2020

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