Alleviating poverty, bringing hope

NOAH Academy opens in Bedford

The NOAH Academy has officially opened its doors in Bedford Town Centre, offering free training courses and employment services to help unemployed people get into work.

Located inside the SMART Prebend Centre, the NOAH Academy aims to address poverty in Bedford by helping people to realise their full potential, in a friendly and non-judgemental environment.

“We are thrilled to open our Bedford base which will undoubtedly help hundreds of people from the local area in the years ahead,” said NOAH CEO David Morris.

“Unemployment rates in Bedford are above the UK average, so we are keen to focus on providing a package of support to guide local people towards and into work.”

Open to anyone who is unemployed and living in Bedford, the Academy’s employment service helps people break down barriers to employment through: CV and job application support, interview skills, IT and internet access, job searching, 1:1 careers advice, and confidence building.

A variety of training courses are available covering Wellbeing and IT, to help people develop key employability skills.

Eligible adults can also access a range of ESOL courses, providing non-native English speakers with essential language skills to better integrate in the community.

The grand opening welcomed attendees from NOAH Enterprise and SMART CJS, as well as representatives from Luton Borough Council, who enjoyed a tour of the new premises and refreshments.

The official opening was marked with a ribbon cutting from SMART CEO Anita McCallum.

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