Building Better Opportunities Programme

Northampton based logistics company Goodwill Solutions CIC is celebrating phase two of Building Better Opportunities Work Readiness Action Programme (WRAP). Co-funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery Community Fund, the programme was created to provide support, mentoring and training opportunities for those people in Northamptonshire who face particular challenges in gaining sustainable employment.

The company was formed in 2008 as a CIC and uses the profits from its commercial logistics business to develop and fund programmes providing support to the local community. In the early days, training was focused on the provision of logistics training and it is still the most popular training programme the company runs. With Northampton’s position at the heart of the upcoming Oxford – Cambridge Arc and easy access to the M1 and A14, the county is uniquely situated for logistics and supply operations.

Logistics also provides excellent potential employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups. Goodwill Solutions has for many years worked closely with organisations working with Armed Forces leavers, the homeless and ex-offenders.

Its programme provides four weeks of training and work experience based at its Moulton Park headquarters and delivered by its in-house Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB). Mechanical Handling Instructor as well as the experienced staff and management of the Goodwill Solutions team.

Training includes picking, packing, wrapping, stock control and loading/unloading plus RTITB certification in Reach and Counterbalance truck, Sweeper certification and a Level 2 warehousing qualification from Derby College.

However there’s more to Goodwill Solutions’training than just logistics. Along with its partner organisations on the project; Youthworks, Evolve Your Future, Service Six, Citizens Advice Kettering & Corby, Key Business Skills, Right resolution and The Northampton Hope Centre, the programme can deliver training across many disciplines, such as basic constructions skills, security and childcare training, which provides a valuable route to jobs such as working in a nursery, pre-school, out of school club or childminder.

The project runs until August 2022 and can be summed up from a statement in the company’s recent social impact aims and objectives report - “We will work to transform the lives of disadvantaged groups in Northamptonshire by providing access to training and support, to deliver positive purposeful re-integrations to the local community.” Since 2008, the company has delivered over £11 million of social impact value to the local community.

Graham Tomkins, Group CEO, said: “Goodwill Solutions CIC is an ambitious hybrid business, being neither a public, private nor non-profit organisation. We are a ‘for benefits’ company that integrates entrepreneurial activity into core social values and impact.”

If you are a Northamptonshire based business and would like to understand more about the programme and how you can help deliver more social impact value to the local community by using Goodwill Solutions for your storage needs or to help drive your own CSR, please get in touch on