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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government

Minister impressed with housing association employment schemes Minister impressed with housing association employment schemes

A government minister has praised a housing association for helping young people to find work through its employment and enterprise schemes.

The Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd spoke highly of AmicusHorizon's work to support young people during a visit to Eastbourne.

He heard how they’d gained confidence, found work, got into university and even set up on their own businesses as a result of the projects.

Charlie Clarke, 30, attended AmicusHorizon’s Motiv8+, an enterprise programme that supports people in starting their own business.

Describing her experiences to the minister, Charlie said: “My sister and I had the idea of setting up a company, ApprentaGas. So when I received a leaflet from AmicusHorizon asking ‘do you want to start your own business?’, we enrolled. The team were so supportive and the course was great, covering things like the legalities of starting a company and how to write a business plan.”

William Kurt Callaghan, 18, explained how he’d found success through the award winning Motiv8 project. The Motiv8 project is an employment support programme designed by young people for young people. William was supported by the Motiv8 team to study A-levels and recently gained a place at university.

Mr Hurd said: “AmicusHorizon is showing really impressive leadership through the support it provides to help its residents get back to work. My visit has shown me an organisation that is giving people a great sense of community and showing them there are people who really care about their lives.”

AmicusHorizon runs employment support and training programmes throughout London, Kent and Sussex. In the last year, more than 5000 residents have attended their community development projects, with more than 500 progressing into employment or formal training.

AmicusHorizon’s Chief Executive, Paul Hackett, said: “We’re passionate about community development and providing skills and job opportunities to our residents. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to show the Minister the work we’re doing in our local communities.

The Minister’s visit was also an opportunity for AmicusHorizon to acknowledge the support of their contractors in providing apprenticeships for younger residents. Mr Hurd presented awards to Swale Heating and Axis Europe for their work with AmicusHorizon.

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