Funding boost is Key to support

Way up North, a clothing design company, was set up through The Key.

Way up North, a clothing design company, was set up through The Key.

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A charity is looking to support more young people in the north east after being awarded a grant.

Longbenton-based The Key, in partnership with Business in the Community, has been awarded £100,000 from The Careers & Enterprise Company.

The money will be used to cover gaps in career and employment provision, helping young people develop personal and social skills.

Hannah Underwood, chief executive of The Key, said: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded funding.

“To receive such substantial backing is a major boost and it will ensure young people in our region have the opportunity to gain vital employability skills and careers awareness.

“Supporting our young people and setting them up for the future is what drives all of us.

“The hands-on experience young people gain working with businesses is invaluable.”

Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We are delighted to award The Key with funding to continue its amazing work.

“There are a huge number of extraordinary organisations working across the country to connect business to schools and colleges, creating encounters that inspire and inform young people about the future

“ We are pleased The Careers & Enterprise Company Investment Fund will support a set of those organisations to reach nearly 250,000 further young people, especially in ‘Cold Spot’ areas of greatest need.

“We look forward to working with The Key and Business in the Community and seeing the impact they continue to have on the young people it works with.”