Bayford Group launches ground-breaking Foundation to create jobs in Leeds

The Bayford Group is launching a pioneering Foundation in Hunslet which will employ over 30 local people in the energy industry across the next 12 months and generate hundreds of long-term career opportunities.

Forging powerful partnerships with community groups, business leaders and mentors,  the Foundation will train, develop and invest in ambitious recruits of all ages and from diverse backgrounds – whether currently unemployed or in work – via rolling three month training programmes.

Operating out of modern offices in Gibraltar House, Bowcliffe Road, Hunslet, the training’s mix of formal and informal delivery will equip trainees with product, sales and market sector knowledge – integrating personal development with lifestyle sessions such as exercise and yoga. Speakers and mentors from the world of business and sport will encourage recruits to see sales in a new light and broaden their horizons.

The Foundation will invest up to £5,000 to put each recruit through the training programme and pay them a salary for its 12-week duration. Those who successfully ‘graduate’ will be awarded a university recognised NVQ Level 4 qualification, which is equivalent to an A Level – and progress to earn a minimum £16k annual salary.

Community and business leaders who are interested to find out how they can become involved in the Foundation are invited to a presentation on Thursday, May 16 at 5.30pm at Gibraltar House.

Aligned with its creative spirit, colourful auditions with a difference – and involving local performers – will take place at the Hunslet Club in Hillidge Road on Saturday, July 6 from 2pm-5pm to recruit the first wave of trainees for the inaugural boot camp which will take off later that month.

Foundation leader June Forsyth said:

“We’re not seeking recruits with a wealth of sales or business experience. Where they hail from and what they have previously achieved- or not achieved – is immaterial. The common factor binding them is their passion and commitment to be the best they can be, with the opportunity to progress within a highly competitive and dynamic market place.

“As a business our roots are steeped in Hunslet where the business started life as a coal merchant in 1919. Complementing our heritage, The Bayford Foundation is our way of giving something back to the local community. Our ethos is to provide quality, recognised skills’ training and create real jobs for local people who might not otherwise have a chance to succeed in business.”

For more information visit or call 0113 202 5129.

The Bayford Foundation - powering career opportunities to new heights
Powering career opportunities to new heights: The Bayford Foundation team

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