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Trading Up – GGHT ‘1st Steps to Trade’ pre-employment course for residents is a big success


Published by Mark Foster for Golden Gates Housing Trust in Care and Support and also in Communities, Education, Housing

The first 11 attendees of the ‘1st Steps to Trade’ programme. The first 11 attendees of the ‘1st Steps to Trade’ programme.

Golden Gates Housing Trust’s (GGHT) Employment Initiatives Team has teamed up with procurement experts Fusion 21 to offer up to 48 GGHT residents the opportunity to gain valuable qualifications and work experience to support them in successfully securing employment.


As part of GGHT’s on-going commitment to help tenants who face barriers to employment, the ‘1st steps to trade’ programme offers a range of courses for free including Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Manual Handling, First Aid, Working at Heights and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). The programme also includes a two week work placement with Keepmoat’s Plumbing and Window fitting teams on GGHT properties.


The programme is designed to address the skills and experience gap that would help people attain sustainable jobs. So far 11 residents have successfully completed the course and feedback has been excellent. Over the coming months there will be three more courses running to meet the target of 48.


After completing the course attendees are supported by the Trusts Employment Initiatives Team in application skills, CV building, mock interviews to identify any areas of improvement, followed by a guaranteed job interview with GGHT or one of its partners.


There have already been two successful outcomes from the programme,  with a local garage taking on one attendee, Paul Snape as a mechanic, and James Hill, who secured a role at GGHT as a labourer.


James said: “The support I have had from GGHT has been brilliant. From day one I felt more motivated, the course was enjoyable and very informative. I have no doubt that I wouldn’t have got the job without all the support I have been given by GGHT.”


GGHT Employment Initiatives Manager, Tracey Walsh said: “We are very pleased to offer this programme to tenants. It really will boost attendee’s employability when they are looking for jobs.”


There is high demand for a place on the ‘1st Steps to Trade’ programme and there are limited places
available so please get in touch or express your interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Anyone who lives in one of the Trust’s properties and would like additional support getting into employment, training or volunteering can register on Positive Change. The programme has already helped over 300 local people into work over the last 18 months


If you’re a small or medium size business (under 1000 employees) and want to benefit from the wage incentive scheme then contact GGHT’s Positive Change initiative by visiting, calling 0800 25 26 27 and asking to speak to the Employment Team or alternatively follow the team on Facebook: or on Twitter @GGjobs_GGHTrust.



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