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Housing association to create 1,000 apprenticeships for workless tenants

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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A housing association is planning on creating 1,000 apprenticeships for its unemployed tenants.

Radian - which provides 18,000 homes across the south of England - has match-funded a grant it received of £1million to get residents into training over the next three years.

The HA hopes to see 60 of those trained given full-time positions within the company.

Radian is also holding employment and training fairs to showcase employment opportunities, as well as mobile job and work clubs.

So far 96 residents have been involved in training, while another 136 have attended the job clubs. Of these, 36 have already found employment and a further 14 have been taken on by Radian as apprentices.

And advanced discussions are underway with local employers to secure job opportunities for those who complete the training.

A trial with Ikea in Southampton has seen a 60 percent employment rate at the end of the course and Costco is guaranteeing an interview for anyone who completes the course.

As well as guiding job seekers to other local employers, Radian is also offering potential careers throughout its various departments.

Six trainees started in July, all of whom are still with Radian now.

Chris Brooks, 21, works in the Customer Service Excellence Team. Having been made redundant from an administrative role at Hampshire Fire and Rescue due to budget cuts, Chris was unemployed for eight months before being taken on by Radian as a trainee.

"I love my job. I am learning everything about Radian, especially the housing and repairs side of it. I’m one of four trainees in the CSE team to stay on past our initial contract periods and hope I’ll be able to stay for a lot longer. Radian is the best company that I’ve ever worked for," said Charlie.

Over the next three years, Radian hopes to establish, amongst other things, a Social Enterprise Warehouse, furniture store and decorating, gardening and catering services.

Ian Haworth, Head of Radian’s Solent team, said: "Radian has always believed it is important to help residents overcome problems they have when trying to find work. The work of the team highlights that by working with other agencies we can make a real difference to families living on our estates."

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