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Springboard & Barclays £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package have launched a  Digital Hospitality Employment Programme to support hospitality workers in the North West of England;  especially in Manchester, Bury, Leeds and Liverpool for people struggling to find work as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two-week, virtually delivered course will help individuals to secure short-term, interim roles in sectors including retail, transport, and logistics. It will be free of charge and will provide jobseekers with 121 mentoring and support from a Springboard employability specialist.

Online modules with a range of certificates including: Customer Service, Health and Safety Level 2, Coronavirus Awareness, Food Safety Level 2 and Wellbeing. Live group training: Confidence & Assertiveness, CV Development, Interview Skills, Transferable Skills, Guest Speakers. Interview practice with employers.

Chris Gamm, CEO, Springboard, said: “The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors by the COVID pandemic. Hospitality workers have so many valuable transferable skills and this course will help to guide, upskill and boost the confidence of people looking to secure a role in the industry or an allied sector.  There is a particularly high need to support people who have been made redundant in the North West and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Barclays to deliver this training.”

Nigel Higgins, Barclays Chairman, said: “COVID-19 has created an unprecedented social and economic impact in the UK, with many experiencing greater hardship due to the crisis. Incredible charities have been playing a vital role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, ensuring urgent help reaches those most in need of support. As a bank we have been doing all we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that by partnering with Springboard UK and many other charities across the UK, collectively we can ensure that as many people as possible in the communities in which we live and work are supported through this crisis.”

In April, Barclays announced a £100m Community Aid Package to support charities that are helping people and communities most impacted by COVID-19. Alongside a colleague-matched fundraising initiative and the £10m pledged through their 100×100 Programme, Barclays is donating funds to charity partners across the UK, Americas, Asia and Europe to ensure help reaches those who need it most.

Springboard is delighted to be one of Barclays’ UK charity partners, chosen for the meaningful work they are doing to support hospitality workers who have been impacted by the pandemic.

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