GGHT Recruit 20 Local Residents into Trainee Scheme
Published by Mark Foster for Golden Gates Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Local Government
Some of the 2014/15 trainees
Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) has this week completed recruitment onto its 2014-15 trainee programme. The final five successful recruits started work this week, gaining 12 months of valuable work experience and training within the Trust’s service centre, Golden Gates Direct (GGD). All five of the recruits were previously unemployed and living in one of GGHT’s homes in Warrington.
The new recruits bring the total number of trainees GGHT have taken on since the start of the year to 20. They are the fourth group to join GGHT since 2012, when the Trust’s Board set out a major commitment to help tackle unemployment. In the two years that have followed the Trust has helped over 220 of its tenants and their family members into employment, as well as providing additional access to training and volunteering opportunities. They remain on target to support up to 450 local residents into employment by the end of 2015.
Since the trainee programme began, over 76 local people have been on the scheme. The trainee job roles have been promoted by GGHT’s Employment Initiatives Team through its weekly job clubs across the town and on social media. Roles include trainee neighbourhood officers and caretakers within GGHT and trainee fire safety advocates and wellbeing mentors with Cheshire Fire Service and Warrington Public Health.
The completion of this year’s trainee recruitment campaign helped sign off a hugely successful month for GGHT’s Employment Initiatives Team, who were able to support 29 people back into work during April. These included helping to secure three people into employment with Live Wire & Cheshire Fencing, both local companies who have taken advantage of the GGHT and WBC wage incentive programme.
The Wage Incentive Scheme was launched in 2013 and offers local voluntary sector organisations and small/medium sized employers an incentivised package of between £3,000 and £5,000 to provide apprenticeships and jobs with training. GGHT’s Employment Team are also able to offer those taking part free recruitment services and in work support to ensure companies gain the right employee for their business needs.
GGHT offers a range of free training opportunities for its tenants and their family members. Many residents have also applied to and have been successful in gaining funds form the GGHT Employability Fund, enabling them to buy new clothes for interviews, a bicycle to get to work and printing of leaflets to promote their new self employment services.
GGHT Chair, Roy Smith said: “The GGHT trainee schemes are fantastic ways for people to earn a living while they learn and develop new skills. During their time on the programme they will gain the work experience and qualifications which will be the passport to their future careers. Our Employment Team will support all individuals to progress with their job goals and aspirations.”
Anyone who lives in one of the Trust’s properties and would like additional support getting into employment, training or volunteering can register on Positive Chance. If you’re a small or medium size business and want to benefit from the wage incentive scheme then contact GGHT’s Positive Change initiative by visiting www.gght.org.uk/positivechange, calling 0800 25 26 27 and asking to speak to the Employment Team or alternatively follow the team on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gghtpositivechange