Pendleton Together provides jobs for local people
Published by Becki Ord for IPB Communications in Communities and also in Housing
(left to right) Local ward Councillor John Warmisham joins Michelle Mulholland (Resident Liaison Officer - Keepmoat) and Ian Hutchinson (Assistant Resident Liaison Officer – Keepmoat) in Sedan Close, Pendleton, where homes are currently being refurbishe
A Pendleton man has proved that volunteering can provide a stepping stone into employment after he landed a job on a regeneration scheme that will see his own home and community improved.
Ian Hutchinson has just started work on his doorstep with regeneration specialist Keepmoat as an Assistant Resident Liaison officer on the £650 million regeneration of Pendleton in Salford.
The 28-year old, who lives in Spruce Court, was looking for something to do on his day off that could help him give a little something back to the local community. It was while training to become a customer inspector for the tower block where he lives that he found out about the range of job opportunities available for local people.
Ian attended an employment fair which gave him the chance to learn more about jobs, training, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities that are being created as part of Pendleton Together – which is set to transform homes and communities in the area.
Ian said: “I’m so happy to be working in the community where I live. I moved to Pendleton seven years ago, so I know the area really well. I used to be stuck inside working in a call centre every day, now I’m going to be out and about helping local people plan for the improvements that are going to be carried out to their home.
“I’m going to know exactly what it is like and how to help them because I’ll be going through it as a resident as well. I’ll be experiencing the regeneration first hand and I can share my experience with fellow residents.
“I’ve not taken a traditional pathway into employment, but it does show that volunteering opportunities can lead to a job. I’m really positive now I have started a new career.”
The consortium, Pendleton Together, which is delivering the regeneration project, includes social landlord Together Housing Group and building and regeneration specialist Keepmoat. Pendleton Together is working in partnership with Salford City Council.
The regeneration of Pendleton is not just about improving communities and providing better homes – the employment and training opportunities available over the coming years are a significant part of the lasting legacy the project hopes to create for the area. Pendleton Together is a Living Wage Employer1.
Local Ward Councillor John Warmisham, who visited Pendleton recently, said: “It is fantastic that Pendleton Together is generating employment opportunities for local people and the wider Salford area. This project provides a real chance for people from Pendleton to get a route into employment. I can’t wait to see more local people like Ian start working on the project.”
The regeneration of the area will result in the creation of 500 jobs, more than 2,000 work experience placements and job training for more than 3,200 people. Pendleton Together is committed to employing local people as well as using local suppliers and contractors.
Khira Jama, 33, is another Salford resident who has secured herself a job with Keepmoat as a Resident Liaison Officer. The working mum from Eccles spotted the job on the Pendleton Together website and was delighted when she found out she was successful.
Paul Hughes, Keepmoat Area Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ian and Khira to their new roles. Resident Liaison Officers play an important part in the work being carried out to the area, they are our link with residents, helping them prepare for the work to their home, answering any questions and resolving any issues.”
Paul Hayes, Managing Director of Pendleton Together, said: “The consortium and its partners are committed to the creation of employment opportunities for local people throughout the life of the project.
“Volunteering is just one of many avenues into gaining employment. There are also work experience and apprenticeship opportunities available. We are keen to hear from anybody who is interested in a future career with Pendleton Together.”
For more information about the current job vacancies available visit the Pendleton Together website www.pendletontogether.co.uk
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