What does GTS do?
To end poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030
GTS involves itself at the thought makers level in the UK by engaging in policy making activity and think tanks, these have included the basic income test, Living Hours campaign and the Scottish Governments business pledge
20% of the UK population still live in extreme poverty and are struggling to fulfil the most basic needs like health and education.
GTS works with its own workforce to create CPD opportunities which create diversification in skills to future proof employees in a changing work marketplace. WE engage with persons from disadvantaged backgrounds to increase their employability through GTSkills where we deliver recognised training to open training opportunities that increase the potential of gaining sustainable employment.
The poverty rate in rural areas is 17.2 per cent—more than three times higher than in urban areas.
GTSkills has an online suite of programmes to deliver skills into the potential workforce in the rural areas of Scotland and is currently expanding its offering targeted towards those employment opportunities which allow people to work from home or remotely.
Having a job does not guarantee a decent living
GTS has long been a champion and leader in supporting and implementing the living wage which is an assessed hourly rate which guards against work poverty. Recently the living hours campaign was launchd and this was immediately adopted by GTS which meant that there was recognition for the fact that GTS ensures that a minimum of 2 shifts per week are guaranteed for all employees, rotas are planned at least 1 month in advance and holiday entitlements are honoured
Poverty affects children disproportionately. One out of five children live in extreme poverty. Ensuring social protection for all children and other vulnerable groups is critical to reduce poverty.
By working with vulnerable groups to increase employment opportunities and championing a fairer more inclusive economy for all at policy level and through our own pay structures and commitments, we believe we are assisting those families with the challenges of poverty in the UK and through our work with young persons in the delivery of employability programmes and support we are assisting those who are directly affected by poverty at a young age.