Today, Gi Group are working closely with the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) and Youth Charter, to inspire the next generation to reach their dreams. As part of this effort, up to 60 school-age children selected by Youth Charter, and ATLP, will receive tickets from Gi Group to attend the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games—one of the largest sporting events in Britain. Youth Charter are part of Birmingham 2022’s community partner programme United by Birmingham 2022 and their project Connecting Communities brings together young people and their communities.

This is a tremendous opportunity for these children. They come from a broad range of communities and in some cases, disadvantaged backgrounds. And among them, a significant number normally wouldn’t have the means to attend a sporting event of this magnitude.

Gi Group’s gift is part of the company’s commitment to not only help communities but also live its ambition of changing people’s lives. Gi Group’s passion is one that’s shared by Birmingham 2022’s Vice Chairman and Founder of Youth Charter, Geoff Thompson.

Five-time World Karate Champion, Geoff Thompson said: “Giving youngsters the chance to experience sport—whether as spectators or participants—is something that can influence them for the rest of their lives. Being able to do a sport can give you discipline that will fundamentally shape you. For children coming from underprivileged backgrounds, it can be that chance to get inspired to do better, be better, and get their chance in life.”

His sentiments were echoed by ATLP’s Anna Balson who said: “Sport is of critical importance to children as part of today’s education. And in today’s economy, there can often be many barriers—economic and otherwise—that prevent children from truly participating. We are incredibly grateful to Gi Group for providing this opportunity for our children.”

Gi Group CEO for UK and Ireland, Paulo Canoa agreed: “For us, the most important thing is to transform people’s lives—and helping these children was something we really wanted to do. As a company we do this every day in countless workplaces in Britain and across the world. To ensure that people, all people, have a chance to be included – especially those from diverse and under-represented backgrounds, is very important to us. Because at the end of the day, it is all about unleashing people’s potential, and giving everyone a chance.”

Paulo Canoa’s appeal was sincere and heartfelt, and so is the mission of the company he represents. Gi Group is the 5th largest recruitment organization in Europe and the 16th largest in the world. Privately owned, it is a purpose-driven company whose ambition is to transform the world of work for employees and employers alike and positively impact society at large.

In 2020, the company was appointed Official Recruiter for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Gi Group was tasked to find and recruit 1,500 people, and to join the Birmingham 2022 team planning and delivering the biggest sports and cultural event ever to be held in the West Midlands. In addition, INTOO UK & Ireland, a subsidiary of Gi Group, were appointed to provide a range of outplacement support services delivered through in-person and virtual workshops along with face-to-face coaching sessions with additional online support to help employees prepare for new opportunities.



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