Member Success Story

The Blair Project

BURN MEMBER BID TO SUPPLY SKILLS TRAINING PROVES SUCCESSFUL

Founder member, The Blair Project is one of the first beneficiaries of BURN’s new tendering support service, Restore Strengthen and Scale Up, led by senior procurement veteran Dean Williams.

The trailblazing social enterprise has been successful and awarded a coveted place on the Growth Company’s European Social Fund (ESF) and Adult Education Budget (AEB) Provider Framework to support those Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) in the North West.

This £Multi-million Provider Framework is designed to give the Growth Company quick access to a pre-selected, quality assured, pool of best-in-industry providers, who can rapidly respond to gaps in  delivery.    

The Blair Project (TBP) is a specialist provider of alternative education to equip young people aged 13 – 24 with the technical & vocational skills, confidence and practical capabilities to secure employment opportunities linked to green tech, digital and advanced manufacturing sectors, underpinned by up-to-date careers advice and guidance.

Its ProtoEV STEM Challenge taps into the climate change activism of urban youth, by providing opportunities for them to participate in the green tech revolution through building and racing of electric go karts. It is the only Black led organisation in motorsport which makes it globally significant.

 

It exists to inspire and empower marginalised young people, especially Black Asian and Minority Ethnic youth to become the army of innovators, technicians and engineers needed to drive rapid technological advances and progress them into well paid jobs within science technology, engineering, manufacturing and digital sectors. The social enterprise suffered a £200k loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

CEO and founder 25 year old Nile Henry said “We’re delighted our submission has been successful. It means the Growth Company can now contract with us to deliver quality vocational training programmes to equip thousands of young people with the technical skills employers want and need.

The bespoke help and support we received from Dean really made the difference. We just couldn’t have done it on our own”.

He added “ This is just the begin. We also plan to apply for government contracts too, and take on more staff. Selling to the public sector will make us less reliant on grant funding, boost our sustainability and enable us to bounce back stronger than before”.

 

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