Ki Work has recently won a sizeable government grant under the UK's Future Jobs Fund. This is to employ 40 Green Energy Specialists to provide green audits and to offer related services/products to third sector organisations and SMEs.
As the venture is a social enterprise, Ki Social
Enterprise CIC has been set up as a new initiative to provide energy
consultancy, services and products for small- to medium-size organisations in
the third sector, especially charities and social enterprises. The company will initially employ, train and
mentor young people that are long-term unemployed and people over 25 who are in
areas of high unemployment as Energy Specialists to deliver these services.
Besides receiving full training, these Energy Specialists will be provided emotional and practical support through coaching, counselling, and mentoring to help them find satisfying and sustainable jobs through government, private and third sector initiatives. In the first instance, Ki Social Enterprise's activities will provide benefit to
unemployed jobseekers - especially long-term unemployed and people in areas of high unemployment throught the provision of
- sustainable employment in the green energy sector by the creation of new green energy jobs
- training, coaching, mentoring and counselling
small and medium size organisations in the third sector - through the provision of energy efficiency consultancy enabling those organisations to benefit themselves, their communities, and the environment through the leveraging of green energy technology.
The community will benefit through the provision of energy efficiency consultancy to third sector organisations such as charities and social enterprises. The objective is to help all involved to leverage green energy technology and initiatives. By demonstrating best practice in energy efficiency, third sector organisations will be benefiting their members, local communities and the environment by
- reducing their carbon footprint;
- saving costs and thereby being able to increase their services to the community; and
- demonstrating their leadership in this critical area of social change.
With respect to the unemployed youth, the community will benefit through the provision of coaching, counselling and mentoring support to young workers entering the workforce. This enables jobseekers to manage the traumatic effects of unemployment.