SIKH COMMUNITY OPEN CUTTING EDGE EDUCATIONAL FACILITY FREE FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS IN SLOUGH
5th July 2015, Slough, Berkshire, UK –
The iconic landmark Citroen building on the Bath Road is set to open as a cutting edge skills hub, serving the local community by offering free and much needed training opportunities.
The launch of the Refresh Skills Centre will take place on the 23rd July 2015 and the centre will be officially opened by guest of honour the Baroness Williams of Trafford (Parliamentary Under-Secretary Department for Communities and Local Government & Lords Spokesperson Department of Business, Innovation and Skills). Also in attendance will be lPA Commander, Superintendent Simon Bowden and Mayor of Slough, Councillor Mohammed Rasib.
The Refresh Skills Centre is the first of its kind in the UK that is offering free City & Guilds qualifications to local residents in Slough and nearby areas. The Centre has been a year in the making and sees the vision of the Bath Road Gurdwara come to fruition, with full backing from Slough Council and support from companies including B&Q, Netgear and Sound Technology. The ethos behind The Refresh Centre is to offer a key training and educational resource, opening up opportunities for local residents who would normally not be able to afford the education or training. This ground breaking venture provides a blueprint for faith organizations looking to work alongside local councils to fulfil community needs and give back to local residents.
Jatinder Singh, Centre Manager at Refresh explains, “It is an intrinsic part of the Sikh faith to share what you have with your community. This moral duty has motivated the local Sikh community to create a cutting edge facility that will benefit Slough residents regardless of faith or belief. Recent austerity measures have seen council budgets cut, creating the need for the private sector to take responsibility for bridging the gap to fulfil local training needs. We feel that by offering professional City & Guilds qualifications candidates will be empowered to take the next step in their career. The fact that we are able to offer this training free of charge makes us unique and ground breaking”.
Prime Minister David Cameron said, “I warmly welcome this local initiative. It is one that will undoubtedly provide economic and social benefits to the local community, whilst making the positive step of bringing the people who live there closer together. Not only does this project serve followers of the Sikh faith, but it also provides access to training and skills to those who need them, regardless of their background. None of this would be possible without the vitality of those who wish to see their community prosper. Volunteering time of donating resources in an effort to make their neighborhoods thrive is something that this Government wholeheartedly applauds and encourages. Giving, in order to help their community is a principle at the very epicenter of Sikhism, a quality that will hopefully resonate throughout the entire community”.