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New employability scheme will help most vulnerable - 7 Sep 16

Peterborough learning skills and development centrePeterborough-based Axiom Housing Association will play a key role in a new scheme set up to support people at risk from social exclusion, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The New Horizons scheme, which launches next month will tackle the root causes of poverty and support the most vulnerable people to gain employment across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership area.

Axiom’s locally based skills and development centres, which are run under the umbrella of Axiom Academy, will provide one-to-one coaching sessions with each individual receiving 20 hours of support.

The scheme runs for 28 months and aims to build participants’ long-term financial stability. Each person will receive tailored coaching on their finances, employability and IT skills.



Alan Lewin, chief executive at Axiom, said: “Axiom Academy is delighted to be involved in this exciting new partnership. The Big Lottery award will give us the opportunity to provide essential skills and learning to some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities, helping them to make a real, positive difference to their lives.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

New Horizons will be led by Cambridge-based housing association, CHS Group with support from Axiom and seven other partners. The other partners are Broadland Housing, Cross Keys Homes, Centre 33, Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureaux, Papworth Trust and Rural Cambridgeshire Citizens Advice Bureau.

The project will also benefit from ongoing input from Cambridge University, which will monitor and evaluate the project to ensure it stays responsive to participants’ needs.

A financial inclusion website will also be set up to support the one-to-one coaching. This will become the ‘go to’ platform for participants and those working with disadvantaged groups by enabling them to have improved access to local resources.

The project will officially launch on 3 October and aims to engage those people furthest from the labour market who are not in receipt of any other support.

If you would like more information or are interested in how the scheme could benefit you or anyone you work with, email:


Pictured: Axiom's Peterborough Foyer learning and skills development centre

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