Richard Mintz Bursary Fund will give grants for vocational training

3rd December 2020

We continue to mourn the loss of our dear friend and trustee Richard Mintz Z’’L, who passed away in March. Richard was a tireless worker for numerous charities, and his charitable generosity was an example to us all. The work of Work Avenue in particular resonated loudly with him.


For that reason, we are delighted to launch the Richard Mintz Bursary Fund, which will provide bursaries for people looking to retrain or gain new qualifications


Initial applications from the community have suggested interest in both short term courses leading to work opportunities and fully accredited programmes leading to professional qualifications. These courses usually range from £500 – £5000.


The fund is open to anyone in the Jewish community of any age and background. It has been designed to help those wishing to improve their earning potential but who are prevented from doing so due to the expense of training courses. Initially, 50 people will be helped with bursaries for training courses, with the aim to help many more in 2021.


Applicants will also receive the support of Work Avenue  in selecting the right course, undertaking any additional training and then finding a job or setting up a business at the end of it.


Examples of courses the fund will cover include childminding, plumbing, electrical installation, beauty therapy, cyber security, content writing, programming, interior design, video editing and fitness instruction.


Work Avenue CEO Debbie Sheldon added: “Richard was a role model to the community and a man who changed the lives of so many and made a real difference to this world. I am pleased that, through the Richard Mintz Bursary Fund, his legacy will live on.


“Vocational courses help to provide the essential skills needed in today’s competitive workplace, boost the chances of finding employment or nurturing a successful business, and expand the potential choice of work.


“Such training provides the building blocks to earn a living with dignity and pride, a concept that encompasses Richard’s raison d’être of giving people the tools they need to help themselves.”