Hope Initiatives exists to equip people for sustainable employment. The focus is to provide accredited qualifications, life skills and coaching and work experience for a career in the motor and manufacturing industries.
Participants are provided with the opportunity to develop vocational and personal skills through formal and informal training.
Training is delivered through teams of experienced professionals and volunteers using a menu of daytime and evening courses.
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Hope Initiatives started in 2009 as an evening outreach of Hope Church called Grease Monkeys, using car mechanics as a tool for engaging with disaffected young people in North Shrewsbury.
In December 2011 the Grease Monkeys Project became a separate charity and company limited by guarantee called Hope Initiatives.
In 2011 our trained and experienced volunteer mechanic became an Accredited NVQ Assessor and in 2012 Hope Initiatives offered Secondary Schools the opportunity for students to receive an accredited vocational qualification in Motor Mechanics.
In June 2014 Hope Initiatives launched a fully owned subsidiary Community Interest Company called H.I Garage Services. This provides Hope Initiatives with growing revenues and a progression for students into work experience and in due course Apprenticeships.
At the end of 2016 Hope Initiatives started a small social enterprise which is helping volunteers learn work based skills through selling second-hand car parts on-line. This is currently running in conjunction with our Grease Monkeys Plus project.