St. Leger Homes has launched the second phase in its pioneering World of Work Academy which is helping its unemployed customers back into the workplace.
Following on from the project’s successful programme of work experience placements, St. Leger Homes has now launched its first ‘Support and Learn’ 6-month paid contracts. The aim is to provide trainees with paid work combined with support and mentoring which will help them move on to permanent employment.
The trainees will be installing fencing around St. Leger Homes’ properties in a programme of improvements which will benefit local residents.
Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for housing, Councillor Christine Mills, local ward member Councillor Bill Mordue and St. Leger Homes Chief Executive Susan Jordan, officially launched the scheme in Scawthorpe, Doncaster. They visited a site where the team are installing fencing around a group of St. Leger Homes properties.
Councillor Christine Mills said: “These “Support and Learn” jobs are giving unemployed people a great opportunity to gain training and experience, which is so important for securing a job. I am also pleased that this work in Scawthorpe is improving the quality of life for residents by responding to issues reported by the community.”
Susan Jordan added: “Our World of Work project is continuing to make a real difference to the lives of customers and their families. I am delighted that we are able to offer help and support to people who are trying to get back into employment.”
The St. Leger Homes World of Work Academy is open to customers of St. Leger Homes and their family members who have been out of work for six months or more. It offers a range of training, guidance and practical opportunities which have proved highly successful in helping people get back into work. More than 60 per cent of those who have completed work experience posts have since found paid employment.
Once the Scawthorpe fencing scheme is completed the Support and Learn trainees will work on fencing schemes in Rossington, Edenthorpe, Intake and Moorends. The projects have been funded by St. Leger Homes in response to customers’ requests for additional fencing to reduce problems such as anti-social behaviour, dog fouling and car parking on grassed areas.
Trainee Martin Newton, said: “I am really enjoying it here and the team are all working well together. The supervisors are very supportive and take the time to make sure youare doing the job right. I think this training will be invaluable for getting permanent work.”
For information on joining the World of Work Academy call 01302 734276, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo caption: Councillor Bill Mordue; Chief Executive of St Leger Homes Susan Jordan; and cabinet member for housing Councillor Christine Mills, with trainees from St. Leger Homes’ World of Work Academy at the fencing scheme site in Scawthorpe.