Manchester jobs initiative scoops top regional award
Published by Becki Ord for City South Manchester in Housing and also in Communities
A social enterprise scheme which has found jobs for more than 500 residents in south Manchester has won a sought-after regional award from the National Housing Federation.
City South Manchester Housing Trust - a social landlord with homes in Hulme, Whalley Range, Moss Side and Fallowfield – won a Community Impact Award from the National Housing Federation, for its flagship jobs and financial inclusion training initiative, The Works, and a range of other employability projects.
The Works is a social enterprise initiative set up in partnership with The University of Manchester, run from City South’s housing office at Alexandra Road in Hulme. It helps local people into work by forging close relationships with local employers, and delivering a wide-range of pre-recruitment training.
Since opening in April 2011, The Works has directly filled 520 jobs vacancies and provided training for more than 2000 people. Manchester Credit Union also operates from The Works premises, and has helped local residents access affordable financial products and services and save an estimated £300,000.
The Community Impact Awards are run by the National Housing Federation to highlight the work of housing associations across the UK in improving residents’ quality of life and creating proud, prospering communities.
Dave Power, Chief Executive of City South Housing Trust said: “It is very gratifying to have The Works recognised in such a prestigious national awards programme.
“There are lots of employment initiatives out there that simply offer advice or information. The Works is different, in that we have ready-made jobs vacancies, thanks to arrangements with big local employers such as the universities and NHS Trusts.
“The results speak for themselves. We’ve found work for more than 500 people and training for more than 2000 in our first eighteen months. We’re also providing advice for those who want to set up their own businesses, and are holding events in local neighbourhoods to make even more people aware of the opportunities on offer.”
Daniel Klemm, National Housing Federation North West Lead Manager said: “City South Manchester Housing Trust is a very worthy award winner. Their jobs and training initiative is a great example of how housing associations do far more than just providing people with homes – they also help to improve people’s quality of life, and allow them to achieve their potential.
“The Works initiative is an inspiring project delivering tangible results in some of the most challenging parts of Manchester.”
The wide range of support that can be accessed via The Works includes pre-recruitment training for call centre, retail and caretaker vacancies; CV writing and interview support; construction skills taster sessions; advice for people wanting to start their own business; financial advice and free computer use.