Work placement leads to job success for local teenager
Published by Craig Downs for Frank Haslam Milan in Housing and also in Communities
From l-r Greg Anderson, Danny Young (Assistant Site Manager) on the stairs, Anne Mulroy (HCA Head of Area), Lorraine O'Neil (CSR Coordinator FHM North East) and Beverley Cushley (TNG)
An unemployed Hartlepool teenager who was given a work placement on a local housing development has impressed site management so much he has been given a permanent job.
Greg Anderson, 19, was given a work experience placement on the 68-home Easington Road development as part of a Jobcentre Plus initiative, aimed at helping young people gain employment.
His hard work and willingness to help out wherever he was needed impressed the site team so much he has now been taken on as an employee by one of the project’s subcontract partners.
Former High Tunstall College pupil Greg said: “I had done some work experience in the past for a plumbing company and had applied for loads of jobs but had no luck - then I had the chance to work on the development.
“I spent some time helping the scaffolding team as they were really busy and after a few weeks they offered me a job.
“It’s brilliant, I’m learning a lot and am really grateful for the opportunity.”
The Easington Road development is being built by regeneration specialists Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) North East on behalf of Housing Hartlepool, part of the Vela Group, with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Greg was taken on as part of an agreement between FHM North East, training company TNG and Jobcentre Plus.
He started at the Easington Road site in May and is now part of a 60 strong team working on the development, which is helping to transform a key gateway into the town.
The £8m development is being built using the new Evolve system, with eco-friendly homes built under strict factory controlled conditions before being transported to the site and lifted into place by cranes.
FHM Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator Lorraine O’Neil said: “We are committed to engaging with the communities in which we work and are always keen to provide training opportunities where possible.
“Teaming up with TNG and Jobcentre Plus has been a great initiative and to hear that Greg has done so well is fantastic.”
Kaye Rideout, TNG Regional Director, said: “We are delighted for Greg’s accomplishment.
“This achievement is a testament to the hard work that he has put in while working with us on a project that has made such a positive impact on the local community. We wish him all the best for the future.
“Our relationship with FHM has proved mutually successful across the Tees Valley and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”
Stephen Bell, Development Manager for the Vela Group, said: “Providing new homes for the people of Hartlepool is a key part of our Easington Road regeneration scheme.
“But of equal importance is the positive impact on safeguarding and creating local jobs for local people.
“From the very outset of all of our development projects, we set targets to ensure employment and training opportunities are created as well as trying wherever possible to use local firms and suppliers.
“This means that we not only regenerate the local area, but help the wider town and Tees Valley as a whole through difficult economic times when job security is of paramount importance.”
Once completed the Easington Road development will feature 68 new homes, consisting of two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom bungalows which will be available for sale, rent and affordable shared ownership.
The scheme has been allocated almost £2m in funding from the HCA, which has welcomed the training initiative.
Anne Mulroy, HCA Head of Area, said: “It’s great to see a local lad like Greg get a permanent job through what is such an important project for Hartlepool.
“In a difficult economic climate, it’s more important than ever to ensure that housing schemes help to drive the economy forward and create opportunities for local people.”
Greg is now formally employed by Interlink Scaffolding – one of the contractors working on Easington Road development.
Managing Director of Interlink Darren Maratty said: “My foreman told me Greg was keen, eager and very helpful.
“He has a great work ethic and we’re really pleased to have him on board.”