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Partnership Creates New Job Prospects

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Published by Morrison for Morrison in Housing and also in Education

Morrison's new Leeds apprentices Morrison's new Leeds apprentices

Young people in Leeds have received a boost thanks to housing repairs provider Morrison and Leeds City Council. The partnership is helping to improve job prospects for people in Leeds through a range of programmes, which are aimed at improving skills and creating job opportunities.

In the last six months, Morrison has created 20 apprenticeships, up skilled a number of employees and is currently running a training programme for 10 young people classified as NEETS (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to help them gain workplace skills.

The NEETS training course is part of Morrison’s commitment to helping young people gain the vital skills and experience they need in order to get into training or employment. The programme consists of an initial 12 week course, which provides tasters in a number of trade areas including plumbing and joinery, as well as advice on how to apply for jobs. Some of the participants will also be given the opportunity to do a two week work placement with Morrison.  

On completion of the 12 weeks, participants’ attendance and ability will be assessed to see whether they are able to move onto a foundation learning course to do a BTEC in Basic Construction Skills.

Andy Wilson, Account Director, Morrison Leeds said: “For many of the youngsters who are taking part in the NEETS course this is an opportunity for them to put their lives back on track and to give them enough experience and self confidence that they might be able to apply for one of our apprenticeships next year. Our approach with the participants is very much we can help you but you have to help yourselves by turning up each week and committing to the course.”

Morrison has also recently recruited its new apprentice intake for 2012 in Leeds, including 17 apprentices studying General Maintenance Operations, which covers joinery, plumbing, brickwork, plastering and tiling. The apprentices will all work towards completing NVQ Level 2 diplomas in Maintenance Operations.

A further three apprentices have been employed as trainee Quantity Surveyors and will work towards NVQ Level 3 diplomas in Construction Contracting Operations.

All of the new apprentices work on the 40,000 properties in Leeds owned by Leeds City Council, which Morrison maintains.

In addition to training new employees, Morrison has also invested in retraining some of its existing workforce, in particular eight labourers whose jobs were at risk due to their skills not being suited to the work required on the contract. In order to protect these jobs, Morrison offered all eight employees the opportunity to retrain as ground workers, which were desperately needed.

All eight employees took up the invitation and over the course of 12 weeks, were trained and assessed for NVQ Level 2 certificates in Construction Operations and are now operating as fully qualified ground workers on Morrison’s Leeds contract.

Andy Wilson continued: “Employment and improving employability is a key focus of our partnership with Leeds City Council and together we are actively supporting young people who are Not Education Employment or Training, apprenticeships, skills creation and long term employment. All of the schemes we are operating inLeedsare helping to make a difference to the local community.”

All the employability programmes are run through Morrison’s Yorkshire Training Academy, which offers a wide range of training programmes in Leeds and Rotherham where Morrison has its contracts.

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