Covea and Calderdale brew success

Covéa Insurance has joined 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.

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.

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.’