Lynne Featherstone MP presents Employability Award certificates

Lynne Featherstone MP presenting an Employability Award to a 5e customerLynne Featherstone MP last week attended an award ceremony run by 5E, a not-for-profit organisation with 7 training centres in North and East London.

5E provide accredited IT and vocational training, work-based learning and skills support for unemployed individuals and aim to improve access to high quality education and employment through training, enterprise and employment programmes.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green presented certificates to local residents who have completed the Employability Award and made a positive change in their lives. Most of the recipients previously faced long term unemployment, and had a number of barriers to gaining employment which they are in the process of, or have addressed.

After the awards, Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“It was a pleasure to present the awards, and also to congratulate 5E on the great work that they do in helping the recipients.

“In October 2012, 3,465 people in Hornsey and Wood Green were unemployed and claiming Job Seekers Allowance. It’s vital that these people have access to training and support to secure employment in these tough times.

“I wish 5E and its customers all the best for the future, and hope that many more certificates are presented in the future.”

Local MP celebrates beacon status with award winning local education team

Lynne Featherstone MP with 5E director Raj Doshi and students Rachel Williams and Pauline Bailey celebrating the recent Beacon Award, Selby Centre, October 2009To celebrate local skills provider 5E’s recent Beacon award, Lynne Featherstone MP last week presented certificates to outstanding learners at the Selby Centre in Tottenham.

Earlier this year, the not-for-profit education provider became only the second Haringey organisation to get the prestigious LSIS Beacon award for delivering outstanding teaching and learning. The organisation teaches skills to help local residents get on the job market and to continue professional development.

On Friday, the Hornsey and Wood Green MP joined director Raj Doshi and hundreds of graduates in celebrating the local charity’s achievements with speeches, certificates and a range of exotic foods.

Lynne Featherstone MP comments:

“5E really is exceptional – it’s a local organisation that is there to help people gain the skills and qualifications needed for better jobs, and to act as a stepping stone for a brighter future. And in doing that, they have done such an amazing job that they now are seen as a shining beacon – leading the way for other organisations in the field.

“In difficult times, places like 5E are true life savers, and that’s why I’m so happy to be here today to share the success with hundreds of local residents. Well done to Raj, his remarkable staff and the many successful graduates for their outstanding work.”

About 5E: 5E is a not-for profit educational provider aimed at teaching skills to hard to reach and disadvantaged groups. For more information see