IsleStart Ltd is a new company based at Fortis House, in the beautiful seaside town of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Our aim is to help young people who are disadvantaged through unemployment or disability. Through training and mentoring youngsters will be employed by us on short-term contracts, during which time they will develop a broad range of skills to help them get a foothold in long-term employment elsewhere. We will also be reaching out to local colleges to offer work placements related to higher education.
We are proud to have taken over the Careprint brand, an established and successful business producing a wide range of products, but specialising in the provision of funeral stationery across the UK to private clients and funeral homes. Under the guidance of a team of professional designers, youngsters learn the need for an understanding and professional approach, alongside a prompt and reliable service, delivered to a very high standard.
As a fully functional design studio, working with retail and trade, we already provide training to a number of young people under the DWP Kickstarter scheme. Youngsters are learning vital skills in business administration, cloud based workflows, team working, communication, web management, and the use of industry standard design software. Through careful mentoring and regular review, they are also encouraged to develop their timekeeping, CV’s, and apply for jobs with confidence.
Print is provided by Surrey Hills Print in Albury, Surrey from where it is dispatched around the country. We will shortly be undertaking a crowd funding campaign to purchase a digital press for our workshop in Ryde, to allow us to extend the range of skills we offer youngsters from design through to completed product.
Giving our young people a good start in life is not only vital for their future success, but also for the wider community in which they live.
IsleStart is already proving a dynamic and purposeful enterprise, and those in our initial young workforce are making great progress. We look forward to making a difference to more young people’s lives on the Island over the coming months and years.