Manager appointed to boost training and employment opportunities across the North East
Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
Geoff Scott, Community Investment Manager at Keepmoat
Housing and regeneration specialists, Keepmoat have appointed their first Community Investment Manager to the North East Business Development Team to support local people in the communities they are working within across the region into training and employment opportunities.
Forty-five-year-old Geoff Scott from South Hetton, East Durham joins Keepmoat from South Tyneside Council where he worked as an Apprenticeships & Skills Co-ordinator for five years.
The £7 million pound refurbishment of the iconic Grade II* Listed Byker Wall on behalf of Byker Community Trust will be a key project for Geoff to use his expertise to work in partnership with Byker Community Trust and Newcastle Futures to maximise the training opportunities that this project can offer to local people and businesses.
Based at one of the company’s regional offices in Hebburn, Geoff will start working on the Byker contract in February next year.
“I am really looking forward to working with the people of Byker as Keepmoat works to improve the 400 flats and maisonettes in the Byker wall.”
“Keepmoat has a strong history of working in Byker and I look forward to continuing its involvement in the physical, social and economic improvements of the area.”
Part of the Byker Community Trust’s £24.5m planned investment in the estate, this phase of works will see a full external fabric overhaul including a new roof, new windows and doors.
Improvements will also be made to communal stairwells and entrances, new aerial systems and a complete repaint in line with the original colour scheme.
The Byker Community Trust (BCT), the housing association responsible for the ownership and management of more than 1,800 homes on the estate, appointed contractors Keepmoat to carry out the work earlier this year.
Graham Scanlon, Business Development Director for Keepmoat North East, said: “Engaging with local communities is an important element of our work. It is imperative that residents are engaged and supported through our improvement programmes and that we maximise the ability of local people to find training, apprenticeship and job opportunities.
“Geoff brings with him a wealth of experience from his previous role and I would like to welcome him to the team. I am sure he will be a great asset to the business and to the local people of Byker.”
Improvements to the Byker Wall are carried out in phases and are expected to take two years to complete.