Best Supporting Employer award for Trust
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
Front row from left to right –Stephanie Woodward - 20, lives in Runcorn, Business Administration apprentice working at PIP, Claire Bradbury – Chief executive of PIP, Jack Mcharg - 18, from Old Town, he took part in the work placement.
Halton Housing Trust’s Construction Services team has received an award for helping young people to get a foot on the career ladder.
The joint award, presented by Power in Partnership (PIP) and Riverside College, recognised the Trust as the “Best Supporting Employer” for its work placement programme with young people.
Throughout the summer, ten 16 to 18 year olds from Runcorn based PIP helped to transform void properties into habitable homes on paid work placements, designed to provide real work experience and give them the edge in the competitive jobs market.
As well as clearing gardens and cleaning empty properties, the hard working group tested their construction skills, supervised by trained Trust employees.
Maintenance Manager John Maddox is thrilled that the Trust has received the award, saying: “This demonstrates our commitment to helping the young people of Halton choose their career paths and prepare them for full time employment.”
Claire Bradbury, Chief Executive of PIP, said: “We gave this award to the Trust because our young people really connected to their staff. It’s because of this that they’ve succeeded in getting two qualifications each and now they also have great work experience to add to their CV.
“We wouldn’t have managed to get so many young people to engage on the programme if it wasn’t for the interesting work placements offered by the Trust.”
Based in the Old Town area of Runcorn, the Power in Partnership, (PIP) project helps hard to reach NEETS, (young people not in work, training or education) to improve their future job prospects by offering a range of courses funded by Riverside College.
The Trust is committed to helping people of any age to fulfill their ambitions by offering work placements, college bursaries and apprenticeships. Ten apprentices currently work across a variety of different departments ranging from Construction Services through to Human Resources and Housing Services.