Global award boosts recognition for Shropshire charity

Employment and training services provider, Landau, has been presented with a globally recognised award for its work to improve the lives of young people.

The charity, which is based in Shropshire, received a High Commendation in the Response to Covid-19 category at the 2021 Learning Excellence Awards, specifically for its IN2 programme.

The IN2 programme works with young people across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin that are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or are at risk of becoming NEET.

During the Covid lockdowns, Landau continued to support these young people remotely, helping to develop their employability and key life skills and move towards a successful future.

The Learning Excellence Awards are global awards for the business training, learning and development sector. The Response to Covid-19 category was a new award that recognised innovative thinking that helped in the response to learning throughout the pandemic.

Sonia Roberts, Landau’s Chief Executive said that the recognition was another huge achievement for the charity, in what has already been an award-winning year.

“To be presented with a High Commendation at these global awards, particularly for the work that we provided throughout lockdown, is further testament to the hard work and dedication of our team.

“The IN2 programme has worked with more than 1000 young people, with nearly 50% of those being supported returning to education or securing employment. The entire Landau team is committed to supporting some of the most disadvantaged young people across our region.”

The charity was also recently awarded with an esteemed Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Promoting Opportunity (through Social Mobility) category for its work providing support into employment and training for 3,000 people a year.

This is in addition to becoming a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence for its IPS service and securing the highest scoring RAND reviewed service in the UK in 2020 by independent research organisation, The RAND Corporation.

For further information about Landau, visit the website https://www.landau.co.uk/.

You can also follow the charity and its work by visiting @landaulimited on Facebook, Landau Limited on LinkedIn and @landaulimited on Twitter.

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For further information about this press release, please contact Lorna McCann at Be Bold PR using the email lorna.mccann@beboldpr.com or by calling 01952 898121

Photo Caption: Sonia Roberts, Landau Chief Executive

Notes to Editors

Landau is a registered charity which has been delivering supported employment services to those with learning and physical disabilities, individuals with mental ill health, long term unemployed, and young people since 1995.

Helping over 3,000 people a year across Stoke, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Herefordshire and further afield, Landau is committed to empowering individuals through formal/informal learning for the benefit of the clients and the wider community.

It became a Centre of Excellence in 2020 for its IPS service for those with enduring mental health problems.

For more information on Landau visit: https://landau.co.uk

Twitter https://twitter.com/landaulimited

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/landaulimited

New training and enterprise centre opens in Shropshire

A new skills and enterprise training centre has officially opened in Shropshire with the ambition of supporting hundreds of young people into work or education over the next five years.

The new Landau Training and Enterprise Centre in Wellington will allow people who are currently not in work or education the opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience in several sectors including construction, hospitality and hair and beauty.

A fully-equipped hair salon, nail bar, café, construction skills suite and various teaching spaces feature in the new facility, which is located in the former Barclays Bank building on Church Street.

Award-winning charity Landau, which will operate the facility, has also moved its headquarter operations from the town’s Tan Bank to the new, larger site.

The investment demonstrates the charity’s ongoing commitment to skills and training in the county and forms part of its ambitious plans to get more than 500 young people upskilled and into work.

A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of the centre on Friday, April 29, with the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, doing the honours. She was accompanied at the event by Shropshire’s High Sheriff Selina Graham.

A number of civic dignitaries were also in attendance including Telford & Wrekin Mayor Councillor Amrik Jhawar, Mayor of Oakengates Councillor Stephen Reynolds and former Mayor of Wellington Councillor Anthony Lowe.

Landau Chief Executive Sonia Roberts said the new training and enterprise centre would play a significant role in helping to raise educational attainment across the county by providing a range of opportunities for young people who are currently unemployed or not in education.

“Landau has a successful track record of supporting people through training and into sustainable employment regardless of any barriers that they may have encountered previously, and this new facility will enable us to expand that support to help even more people,” she said.

“It marks a real milestone in our delivery and demonstrates our continued commitment to promoting opportunities and changing lives.”

Elliot Shipley (21) has been receiving support from Landau for the last three years after the transition from school to college proved too challenging for him.

He is among the first group of learners to move into the new building and is currently taking part in the Landau Study Programme.

He will sit his Level 2 exams in English and Maths next month before progressing onto the IN2 programme which supports young people into further education and employment.

He said: “I would not be where I am today without the support of Landau. I aspire to be a paramedic one day, but I did not suit a mainstream college, so Landau have helped me to fulfil my potential. I’m a really caring person and to be able to help someone in their hour of need is my dream so they’re helping me to achieve that.”

The new centre will offer training in a range of vocational qualifications including NOCN Entry Level 3 Introduction to Construction; Level 1 and 2 in Customer Services; NOCN Beauty and Hospitality accredited qualifications and VTCT awarded NVQs up to Level 3 in Hair and Beauty, as well apprenticeships and certificates in general functional and employability skills.

For more information on the courses and training available, visit https://www.landau.co.uk/.

Landau works in partnership with a number of organisations across the Shropshire area to deliver its projects and support services and last year it was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its work in Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).

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For further information about this press release, please contact Lorna McCann at Be Bold PR using the email lorna.mccann@beboldpr.com or by calling 01952 898121

Photo Caption: Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, with Sonia Roberts, CEO of Landau, at the opening of the new Landau Training and Enterprise Centre in Wellington.

Notes to Editors

Landau is a registered charity which has been delivering supported employment services to those with learning and physical disabilities, individuals with mental ill health, long term unemployed, and young people since 1995.

Helping over 600 people a year across Stoke, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire, Landau is committed to empowering individuals through formal/informal learning for the benefit of the clients and the wider community.

It became a Centre of Excellence in 2020 for its IPS service for those with enduring mental health problems.

For more information on Landau visit: https://landau.co.uk

Twitter https://twitter.com/landaulimited

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/landaulimited

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Global award boosts recognition for Shropshire charity 

Employment and training services provider, Landau, has been presented with a globally recognised award for its work to improve the lives of young people.  The charity, received a High Commendation in the Response to Covid-19 category at the 2021 Learning Excellence Awards, specifically for its IN2 programme.  The IN2 programme works with young people that are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or are at risk of becoming NEET.  

During the Covid lockdowns, Landau continued to support these young people remotely, helping to develop their employability and key life skills and move towards a successful future.  The Learning Excellence Awards are global awards for the business training, learning and development sector. The Response to Covid-19 category was a new award that recognised innovative thinking that helped in the response to learning throughout the pandemic.  

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