Local Students learn ‘Handy Skills’ with One Vision Housing
Published by haydow for One Vision Housing in Education and also in Communities, Health, Housing
Handyskills project OVH
One Vision Housing in Merseyside, has set up a ‘Handy Skills Programme’ to help raise aspirations of 15-16 year olds about to leave full time education, particularly those students struggling to engage academically.
The project, best described as an ‘alternative education programme’, gives students a taster of what it’s like to work in the Facilities Management and Construction Industry, with classroom sessions led by tradesmen and practical introductory workshops in plumbing, joinery, electrics and basic DIY skills such as tiling.
To deliver this project, One Vision housing (OVH) worked closely with Sovini Property Services, who currently delivers 24 hour maintenance contracts to their 12,000 homes in the North West, as well as other housing associations in the region.
In addition to allocating experienced staff and tools for the sessions, on completion of the programme Sovini Property Services offered a number of work experience opportunities to those students who were most keen and inspired to have a career in the industry.
Marie Morgan, Youth Engagement Officer at One Vision Housing, said: “The sessions have been extremely popular with the students, giving them a taste of different career options. Many schools have in fact used the sessions as rewards for improved behaviour and attendance.
“Each year Sovini Property Services takes on a number of full-time apprentices, so the workshops and work experience schemes are great opportunities for the students to demonstrate their skills and enthusiasm to one of the biggest employers in the area.”
OVH is keen to hear from any other local schools who would like to host the Handy Skills Programme, for their 15-16 year old students to enjoy. If your school is interested, please call the OVH youth Engagement Team on 0300 365 1111.