Housing associations join forces to buy training company
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing
Housing association join forces to buy training company
Three Midlands-based housing providers have joined forces to acquire an award-winning training company.
Futures Housing Group, Acclaim Housing Group and Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) Group are the new names behind Access Training, which provides workplace training and assessments and apprenticeships. The announcement comes during National Apprenticeship Week (3 March to 7 March).
Access Training provides training across the East Midlands via specialist centres and is accredited by the National Apprenticeship Service. It has delivered a range of employability skills training and apprenticeships for organisations over the last 30 years. It currently has 500 learners on apprenticeships for full-time learning and 120 school pupils participating in vocational training.
Qualifications, courses and apprenticeships are offered in everything from business administration and customer service to health and social care, construction, passenger transport and teaching. Access also provides vocational courses and training for students of varying ages and abilities.
The move is aimed at contributing significantly to overall employability in the region, which ties into wider strategic goals for the East Midlands.
Futures, Acclaim and Nottingham Community Housing Association have already commissioned the organisation to run in-house training for their own staff.
Lindsey Williams, Group Chief Executive of Futures Housing Group, said: “The acquisition of Access Training enables us to build on our existing training and employment work within the communities where we work.
“It is great to be in partnership with two like-minded organisations in Acclaim and Nottingham Community Housing, who are committed to investing in our local communities.
“It is apt that we announce this acquisition during Apprenticeship Week, which brings into the national spotlight the importance of investing in young people.”
Mike Andrews, Chief Executive of Nottingham Community Housing Association, said: “This move is telling of our collective commitment to helping to nurture the skills and talent in the East Midlands and to continue to invest in the local economy.
“This is an exciting opportunity to advance what is already exceptional work to enhance training and job prospects in the region. As housing providers, our role at the centre of communities means we are well placed to maximise the expertise Access Training has.”
Gerald Taylor, Group Chief Executive of Acclaim Housing Group, said: “We place immense importance on investing in the future skills of our customer and colleagues.
“Our joint acquisition of Access Training means we now have a fantastic resource at our disposal – not only to improve the work of our own organisations but to continue to develop the training offering to organisations right across the East Midlands.”