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Training programme leads to success for Kent jobseekers

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Samiyah Alom and Melissa Bolton Samiyah Alom and Melissa Bolton

Three Kent jobseekers have been given a job start after completing a back-to-work training programme for the customer services industry.

The six week programme was run by Tonbridge and Malling housing provider Circle Housing Russet to help jobseekers improve their employability and find work. They also got the chance to shadow employees and run their own community activity at a retirement scheme inHeadcorn,Kent.

Samiyah Alom and Melissa Bolton will now start work with specialist contractor United House while Angela Dixon has secured full time employment with Kent County Council.

Circle Housing Russet teamed up with its contractors United House and Keepmoat to run the scheme and will continue to help a further four trainees find fulltime work by providing one-on-one support and advice.

Samiyah, 23 from Tonbridge and Malling, said: I have a young son and I was looking for full time work so that I could afford my own place. I haven’t really had a lot of jobs and was working three days a week in a shop when I found out about this training scheme.

“The programme has been fantastic. Even if I hadn’t been given a job at the end of it, I’d still have found the training really worthwhile. I just can’t wait to start work now.”

The programme is one of nearly 20 new training schemes being run for local people by Circle Housing Russet this year.

Roy Morgan, Managing Director at Circle Housing Russet, said: “We are passionate about improving the lives of the customers and residents we work with and are delighted that Samiyah and Melissa have both found full time work with United House as a result of their training.”

“Samiyah and Melissa’s success is an example of the real difference housing providers can make by working in partnership with their contractors to run training and secure jobs. For example, this programme is part of an agreement with Circle Housing’s repairs and maintenance contractors that commits them to providing one apprenticeship opportunity for every £0.5million we spend.”

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