Source - GNW

30th August 2016
("Milestone" or the "Company")

Cooperation Agreement Signed with the Green Skills Partnership

Milestone Group (AIM:MSG), the AIM quoted provider of digital media and technology solutions announces the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Green Skills Partnership ("GSP") to promote Milestone's Passion Project and its digital charitable giving platform, Alchemy.

The Green Skills Partnership ("GSP") has over 44 members and brings together employers, local councils, trade unions, environmental organisations, education providers, community groups including Housing Associations and state agencies.

Both of the Company's digital platforms fit with GSP's core aims of delivering high quality skills training, raising awareness and overcoming barriers to sustainable employment with an emphasis on young people and supporting sustainable development in the charity sector. Over the last 12 months GSP has successfully delivered on a Construction Industry Training Board and Greater London Authority joint initiative to place 300 unemployed construction workers into work placements. Of these, 150 started jobs, with 100 continuing in sustained employment. Initially GSP focused on the construction sector but has widened that focus to include providing apprenticeships for the finance, law, IT and business administration sectors.

GSP will work alongside Milestone's Passion Project to support its operations, market its products / services and develop its offering beyond the London Metropolitan areas. The GSP model is a natural fit for the Passion Project which is designed to aggregate all parties involved in the engagement, education, training and employment of young people whilst providing access to a commercial resource exchange for the surrounding network of partner organisations.

GSP will also promote to its members the charitable giving platform which will allows users to redeem rewards for or buy e-media, donate to targeted charities or participate in crowd-funding of social initiatives, the first of which is raising money for the Metropolitan Police's 'Divert' programme.

Deborah White, CEO of Milestone commented:
"This agreement greatly increases the Passion Project's reach in the apprenticeships marketplace. With the Government's apprenticeship levy set to commence in April 2017 partnerships like this will ensure Milestone is well placed to participate in the apprenticeship initiative.

Stuart Barber, Director of Green Skills Partnership, commented:
"This is an exciting time for the GSP and its members, which has been growing and evolving over the last five years. The signing of this agreement with the Milestone Group allows for both parties to come together to use its combined resources to focus on achieving the same social value, through a variety of initiatives."

For further information:

Milestone Group PLC 
Deborah White, Chief Executive Tel: 0207 929 7826
Cairn Financial Advisers LLP, Nominated Adviser 
Liam Murray Tel: 0207 148 7900
Hybridan LLP, Broker 
Claire Louise Noyce Tel: 020 3764 2341
Walbrook PR Limited, PR  
Gary Middleton/Paul Cornelius/Paul Whittington Tel: 0207 933 8780

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Source: Milestone Group PLC via Globenewswire