Long-term unemployed find work through social landlord
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
Fifteen long-term unemployed people in Trafford have been given career opportunities in construction with the delivery of a national training scheme by Wates Living Space and Trafford Housing Trust (THT).
Over 19s from across the borough who have been struggling to get into work completed the national Building Futures scheme, which gives jobseekers a chance to take part in construction skills training to improve their employment prospects.
Eight of the candidates have since secured full-time work.
The two-week programme saw the participants learn practical skills such as carpentry, tiling and plumbing and visit a number of Wates building sites to see the inner workings of construction in action.
They also had the chance to work on their interview technique with members of Wates’ suppliers and subcontractors.
Gary Tomlinson, 41, was offered a job with Wates working on the Fiona Gardens development on Atkinson Road, Sale as a result of the course.
He said: “I really loved the course. I’ve worked as a plumber and a labourer in the past so it was great to develop these skills and learn some new ones from the professionals. To have been offered a job as a result of this training is a dream come true.”
Matthew Gardiner, THT chief executive, said: “The Building Futures scheme is a great way to provide local people with important training opportunities – and that eight of the participants in Trafford have been offered full time work is fantastic. Fiona Gardens is a symbol of all that is good and positive in our local area and we wish all those people who took part in the training with Wates good luck for the future.”