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15th December

Covéa Insurance has teamed up with Calderdale College to support students with learning difficulties and disabilities to gain practical work experience and provide enhanced prospects of paid work.

In 2017, the insurer purchased a barista machine for the college, and paid for the accompanying training to give individuals who face learning challenges and disabilities, practical skills to improve their future chances of paid employment. This initiative aims to furnish pupils with work experience through undertaking a weekly shift in the college’s café.   The company is also promoting the café as a venue for its team meetings, creating a steady stream of customers for the students to try out and perfect their skills with.

Through its long standing partnership with Calderdale College, Covéa Insurance has worked consistently to provide students with valuable business skills through workshops, work experience and training, and has established a thriving apprentice programme.

The College currently teaches Employability & Life Skills to 36 students with learning difficulties and disabilities from the Calderdale area. One of their key priorities is equipping these learners with the skills to search, apply for and maintain meaningful paid work within their local communities, which will offer them an improved quality of life and social contact.

John Rees, Principal Chief Executive of Calderdale College, commented:

“It’s fantastic to see such great support from our students, staff and partners at the official relaunch of D Café. Special mention must go to the amazing team at Covéa Insurance, who have again gone the extra mile, this time to raise funds for a new Barista style coffee machine. Their support and enthusiasm for working with the College is tremendous and it’s something we truly appreciate. This latest initiative will provide fantastic work experience for our Employability and Life Skills students and will support their future progression into employment.”

Adrian Furness, Claims and Operations Director at Covéa Insurance added;

“We were absolutely delighted to be asked by Calderdale College to support the students in D Café with the funding for their barista machine.

As a committed employer within Calderdale, we are always keen to support initiatives that will benefit our local community, and the skills that the students will develop through this initiative will be invaluable for their career prospects going forwards.

We are very much looking forward to visiting the café over the course of the coming months and seeing how the students are progressing.

This is just one of a number of initiatives that Covéa Insurance and the college have worked on together, as we continue to broaden our partnership to help deliver a number of key initiatives over the next few years.”

Covéa Insurance is an expanding business, recruiting over 250 new employees in the last eighteen months, and no signs of slowing down.

 

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About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France and served 11.5 million policyholders, generating over 16.3 billion Euros in premiums in 2016.  

Covéa Insurance handles the insurance needs of 1.5 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s A+ stable rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, designed to meet the needs of most individuals and businesses. Employing over 1500 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos, having Investors In People Gold accreditation and featuring in the 2015 and 2016 Sunday Times Top 100 Mid-sized Best Companies to Work For. It also has World Class service accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service for its Motor Claims, Home Claims and Underwriting Services teams as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial and Mid/High Net Worth business.

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