Cottsway, in partnership with Travis Perkins, is providing 4 places in the Oxfordshire Youth Young Leaders Programme, backed by the Travis Perkins Legacy Fund. This amazing community investment project is designed to give young people the opportunity to develop new skills and improve their career choices.  

The next Young Leaders Programme starts in March and successful applicants will attend an induction evening, weekend residential course and a follow-up study session in Oxford. As part of the course, they also need to lead an activity or take responsibility for something new in their community, school, college or youth group. The deadline for applications is Monday 7 February. For more information, and to apply, visit: 

Participants who successfully pass the course will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony and could go on to train to be a Young Leaders Ambassador, learning new skills and gaining new experiences. Vicki Paxford, Cottsway’s Communities Manager, said “This is a fantastic opportunity to support our younger customers, offering them the chance to gain a Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills – which is equivalent to a GCSE.” 

“Successful applicants will take part in activities such as rock climbing or orienteering while learning leadership skills, which they will then be able to put into use in their community, school, college or youth group. It’s a fabulous chance to gain confidence and really lift their CV!” This incredible opportunity will be offered to residents of the Cottsway housing association. As well as its commitment to community engagement, Cottsway is West Oxfordshire’s largest housing association. The programme is open to anyone between the ages of 14 to 21.  

Offering the places on this course for free would not be possible without Travis Perkins commitment to giving back to the community. As part of this social value project, a £50 bursary is also available to cover travel costs. Cottsway will offer these places to young people living in the 5,000 homes in their housing association. Travis Perkins is proud to partner with Cottsway to provide supplies for their repairs and maintenance team. As two businesses that help the community, Travis Perkins is looking forward to seeing who will be selected for this inspirational course. 

Martyn Piper, Account Manager at Travis Perkins Managed Services, said: “Following a restrictive few months’ with lockdown and homeschooling, it’s great to be able to support this project and give a boost to young Cottsway customers. Attending a programme like this could open many doors in the future as it’s recognised nationally and is well regarded by employers, colleges and universities.” 

If you would like more information on how Travis Perkins Managed Services helps support local communities with community investment projects, then visit our social value page. As a supply chain solutions provider, we are passionate about giving back to the community and trying to build a better environment for everyone to live. If you would like to get in touch, then send us an email at