Social responsibility initiatives
Ready for Work is an online employability skills learning programme FREE to everyone currently in full-time education. Young people currently in a job or seeking employment may also enrol on the programme at subsidised fees.
Ready for Work offers 12 self-study courses of importance to all employers. It has been designed to assist young people make a successful transition from education into employment.
Thousands of young people have completed the programme, which has been entirely self-funded since its launch in 2005 by The Training Foundation.
Sir Richard Branson is passionate about developing the potential of young people and set up a Student Advisory Centre when just 17 years of age. He welcomed the programme;
"My view is that both secondary and university education fail to foster entrepreneurial ambition. We need our young people, on which the Country's future prosperity depends, to be equipped with an appreciation of business, so that they can set out with a spirit of enterprise. I welcome the Ready for Work programme. Co-operation between employers and educators on initiatives like this can do nothing but good."
This site offers free 1-hour online courses on infection control. for NHS staff working either in hospitals or the local community. The development was prompted by the untimely death of a colleague's family relative from MRSA, acquired in hospital in 2004. As at Jan 2010, more than 80,000 people have completed the course.