Southam firm wins award for supporting young people

Karen Wood, Neil Stevens and Jamie Webb of Stairways with county council leader Izzi Seccombe and Kenilworth and Southam MP Jeremy Wright.
Karen Wood, Neil Stevens and Jamie Webb of Stairways with county council leader Izzi Seccombe and Kenilworth and Southam MP Jeremy Wright.

A Southam carpentry firm has received an award for its support for young people at Southam College.

The Stairways Group has been presented with a Warwickshire County Council Employability Charter for its commitment to supporting young people succeed in the workplace, in response to an ongoing project the firm is working on with pupils at the college.

Kenilworth and Southam MP Jeremy Wright and county council leader Izzi Seccombe presented the charter to Stairways Group joint managing directors Karen Wood and Neil Stevens.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe said: “Stairways is not only providing youngsters with valuable hands-on experience, but also increasing their confidence - vital in helping them enter employment in the future. We hope more companies will be inspired to take up the challenge and consider working with local schools on other worthwhile projects.”

Karen Wood said: “Stairways Group has a strong belief that the people we employ are a fundamental part of the success and future of our business. In order to maintain a strong business, we need to invest in young people in our communities.

“We currently provide support to Southam College by participating in careers fairs and mentoring sessions and provide work experience for young students. We are delighted to be signed up to the Warwickshire Employability Charter and will continue to work closely with Southam College to assist in providing local young people with the skills they need to secure future employment.”

Businesses and education providers wishing to find out more about the county council’s Employability Charter or its Skills for Employment programme can call 01926 418027 or email skillsforemployment@warwickshire.gov.uk