Adult Education training provider Innovative Alliance (@IATraining_Liv) have become one of two beneficiaries to receive laptops from The Andy Reid Standing Tall Foundation, (@AndyReid2506) helping to close the #DigitalDivide and provide vital resources to people looking to undertake training to better their chances of finding employment.

The Andy Reid Standing Tall Foundation aims to help tackle social issues such as homelessness, debt management, relationships and mental health. Through his associations Andy realised there are many different deserving organisations that are in need of direct and practical support, so he made the decision to use the foundation to support organisations, such as training providers and recruitment companies, to help those faced with disadvantages.

Out of the desire to help people the partnership between the Foundation and Innovative Alliance was created. The two organisations are now working together to provide resources, knowledge, and tools to support better life chances.

The Foundation recently received several laptops from Cash Converters UK and were inspired to donate these to Innovative Alliance who are supporting an increasing number of learners studying online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Standing Tall Foundation CEO, John Tabern said;

"By providing learners with digital resources, Innovative Alliance are helping tackle the digital divide across Liverpool City Region and the wider North West. Currently 82% of all job openings online require at least basic digital skills. This skills shortage limits the opportunities for those people seeking employment. Providing learners with this equipment will be a real advantage to improving their job opportunities”.

Innovative Alliance CEO, Ian Green said;

“We are extremely pleased to be working with The Andy Reid Standing Tall Foundation. The equipment will support our learners to access our online learning and to develop their digital confidence and skills. The Foundation has a genuine ambition and mission to provide support and help to those who need it most”.

In March 2020 Innovative Alliance joined several businesses and organisations in signing the Armed Forces Covenant. This demonstrates their commitment to supporting those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. The Covenant is a true sign of support to veterans and their families that they will be treated with respect and support within their communities.

Whether having been made redundant recently or having been looking for work for some time, Innovative Alliance offer funded short courses for individuals, to help improve their employment chances. The adult education provider gives learners the knowledge and tools to progress into employment, with many courses being attached to immediate job opportunities. Their advisors work with learners to establish clear pathways for their development and offer support and advice throughout the entire process.

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