SLOUGH ASPIRE IS AN INNOVATIVE TRAINING AND EVENTS VENUE With a Social Enterprise mission to enable the local talent pool to develop the skills relevant to local business
Slough Aspire Community Interest Company (CIC) To Close
As a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors of Slough Aspire have made the decision to dissolve the community interest company (CIC) behind the project and to end the Slough Aspire programme based on the Slough Trading Estate.
Due to the stringent lockdown measures, the Aspire Centre was forced to close and consequently, it has been unable to financially support its operational overheads. While the CIC will cease to trade, the Aspire Centre on the Slough Trading Estate will be maintained by SEGRO and will remain empty until plans for its future have been agreed.
Kate Webb, Chair of the Slough Aspire Board, said:
“The very real and far-reaching impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has meant that the difficult decision to close Slough Aspire had to be taken.
“Working together with local schools, charities and businesses, Slough Aspire achieved an incredible track record. We have improved over 17,500 young people’s awareness of careers, supported over 5,500 training programmes for unemployed members of the community and welcomed 20,000 visitors to our facility on the Slough Trading Estate.
“We would like to extend our thanks to each and every person who has played a part in this incredible journey.”
Slough Aspire was created in 2013 as an innovative training and events venue with a Social Enterprise mission to enable the local talent pool to develop skills relevant to local business. Over its lifespan close to 20,000 visitors were welcomed through the doors and 450 businesses committed to developing skills in the slough area.
Supported by The Windsor Forest Colleges Group, Learning to Work, Kidd Rapinet and SEGRO Plc, Slough Aspire enabled individuals in and out of the workplace to develop the skills businesses need through the delivery of training workshops, provision of advice and access to business development support for entrepreneurs, pre-starts and start-ups. To date, it enabled over 17,500 young people to directly engage with business professionals to improve their career awareness.
Neil Impiazzi, SEGRO Partnership Development Director, said:
“At SEGRO, our commitment to skills and employment training for the local community is unwavering.
“Our recently launched Centenary Fund is being used to support local charities focussed on delivering training and skills programmes digitally to the Slough community during the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, we will be maintaining the former Slough Aspire training facility on the Slough Trading Estate are exploring how we can repurpose it to continue to benefit the community and local businesses.
“We are incredibly proud of what Slough Aspire has achieved. It has been a force for good in Slough – for residents and businesses alike.”
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