Green charity now a standard-bearer

Groundwork executive director Andrew Watts with Matrix standard award. Student Ben Sisterson and staff Ann Gilmour
Groundwork executive director Andrew Watts with Matrix standard award. Student Ben Sisterson and staff Ann Gilmour

A SOUTH Tyneside-based charity has received national recognition for its record of helping people achieve their life and work goals.

Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, based at the Eco Centre at Windmill Way in Hebburn, has been given not-for-profit company EMCQ’s matrix standard for delivery of information, advice and guidance.

In little over a year, about 1,500 people on Groundwork’s skills, training and education programmes were given specialist guidance at least once.

The advice can be given at any point during a course and offers pointers towards possible next steps, such as more training with Groundwork or switching to college, employment or other learning opportunities.

The accreditation was gained at the first attempt, and such was Groundwork’s achievement that it will not need to be be re-evaluated until December 2017.

Andrew Watts, Groundwork’s executive director, said: “The matrix standard is a unique quality framework for organisations to assess and measure how well they provide support that makes learning and work more accessible.

“Gaining it proves we take our responsibilities towards those who enter our courses very seriously and that we do everything possible to achieve the highest of standards.

“Those who come to us to learn and to improve their lives can be sure that we hold the very same high standards and ambitions as they do.

“It is also important because it allows our partner organisations to know that we undertake this important aspect of our work very seriously and with great purpose.”

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