EDP Business Awards 2017 finalists - Skills of Tomorrow

PUBLISHED: 13:09 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:35 18 October 2017

Norwich, Norfolk. The EDP Business Awards at the Royal Norfolk Showground 2016. 


Norwich, Norfolk. The EDP Business Awards at the Royal Norfolk Showground 2016. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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We take a look at the finalists in the Skills of Tomorrow category of the EDP Business Awards 2017.

Skills of Tomorrow sponsored by Indigo Swan

Arnolds Keys

As the largest independent estate agency and chartered surveyors in Norfolk, Arnolds Keys offers the complete property service. Arnolds Keys offers a range of specialist expertise and experience across residential, commercial and agricultural sales, lettings and auctions.

Arnolds Keys was formed in May 2012 following the merger of two longstanding independent property firms, Arnolds and Keys. This merger also brought Keys Holidays and Keys Fine Art Auctioneers under the Arnolds Keys banner.

In November 2014 the professional services offering by the firm was further extended when rural chartered surveying practice Irelands became part of the Arnolds Keys group.

The firm currently employs almost 110 people and is based across Norfolk with branches in Norwich, Wroxham, Aylsham, North Walsham, Holt, Sheringham and Cromer.

Kickstart Norfolk

Set up in 1996, Kickstart Norfolk is a charity based in Dereham. One of the main barriers identified as to why an individual will not secure, attend or sustain employment, training or education is a lack of transport. Having to spend large parts of their budget on travel expenses, travelling for many hours on public transport, or relying on family and friends, often results in the individual simply giving up on their future. Having identified this, Kickstart Norfolk was established to assist people residing within the Norfolk area to move forward with their lives and achieves this by offering them an affordable means of transport which provides the flexibility and independence they need to secure and sustain employment, training or education.

Since 1996, Kickstart Norfolk has assisted more than 4,000 people with transport, enabling them to secure employment.

Your Own Place

Your Own Place is a social enterprise that prepares young people for the transition to adult life and independence. Based in Norwich, it employs three people. In a flat leased from Norwich City Council, staff train small groups of young people in tenancy and independent living skills. The same 16 to 25-year-olds receive employment support, helping them to find their own solutions to the barriers they face.

Your Own Place is recruiting 260 volunteer tenancy mentors from across the business community and wants to show that the businesses get as much out of the experience as the young people they mentor. This enables Your Own Place to reinvest profit back into the lives of young people.

What the judges said

Kickstart is a fully sustainable charity that provides the platform to allow young people in the most rural parts of Norfolk to access the ‘Skills of Tomorrow’. The moped hire scheme may appear a simple solution to providing transport to young people but, when you understand the impact the ability to travel has on a young person’s future aspirations and wellbeing, it is invaluable.

Having created the first estate agency with a customer service course in the country, Arnolds Keys has created an opportunity for young people to enter an unregulated area of work with a professional, nationally recognised qualification. This innovative approach was the brain child of Jan Hytch, an Arnolds Keys partner, and she has been instrumental in developing the programme with City College, volunteering her time to teach, communicating the benefits on a national scale and using Norfolk as a base to raise an industry’s standards for young people across the UK.

Having worked with homeless young people and young people in the care system it was clear to Your Own Place’s founder that young people are not being prepared for adult life. The organisation provides some of the most vulnerable young people with skills for life. At the training flat in the centre of Norwich they develop skills to become good tenants and grounded adults by understanding budgeting, domestic billing and employment skills. This builds their confidence and self-esteem giving them a great foundation to the ‘Skills of Tomorrow’.

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