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 Opening The Door on Closing The Community Skills Gap

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Leading Proptech and Tech for Good come together to help homeless people get into skilled jobs

Plentific and Beam announce a partnership today that will support homeless people to get into skilled work, creating new opportunities while helping address skills shortages.

Beam is a London-based social enterprise that crowdfunds employment training for homeless people and supports them into skilled work - often in the trades. Beam is funded by The Mayor of London and leading UK tech entrepreneurs.

Plentific is a London-based, scaling technology business that brings modern property management tools together with a marketplace of verified trade professionals through a simple, powerful online platform.

Plentific is dedicated to supporting individuals on the Beam platform to gain qualifications and employment in a trade.

How the partnership works:

  1. Homeless charities including Shelter and St Mungo’s, refer homeless people looking to get into skilled work to the Beam platform.
  2. The public crowdfunds each homeless person’s employment training at A Beam caseworker supports them through training and into work.   
  3. Plentific will fund 10% of a homeless person’s campaign each month and use its extensive network to help surface work experience and employment opportunities.

Why we’re doing this:

Plentific is on a mission to make housing better for everyone. We work with social housing organisations to improve repairs and maintenance work - and with it open big company contracts to local businesses. We believe that can not only make things better for our clients and their tenants - but for local communities too.

Beam’s innovative platform makes it easy for anyone to help a homeless person for the long-term by funding their training. Beam’s approach is highly collaborative - taking referrals from charities, training people at leading third party providers and placing them with local employers. Beam is excited to partner with innovative mission-driven tech startups like Plentific.

We see this partnership as a great opportunity to bring Beam, Plentific - and our partner organisations - both Trade Professionals and Housing Organisations together. We want to highlight the opportunities in the trades for disadvantaged people to do rewarding, skilled work, fulfil their potential and support communities.