VPS take on GGHT work programme client, Andrew Dutton as a Multi-Skilled Operative
Published by Mark Foster for Golden Gates Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education, Local Government
GGHT work programme client Andrew Dutton was celebrating this week after securing a permanent role with The Vacant Property Specialists (VPS). Andrew, from Padgate in Warrington, had previously been unemployed for two years and before that was only undertaking agency work with unsecure hours.
Andrew was first referred to GGHT’s work programme in March and the team quickly pulled together a programme of support, providing him with advice and guidance on how to look for the jobs that meet his skills and brush up on his interview technique. The team also provided him with an updated, professional CV and he was given 1-2-1 support to complete application forms.
In May, Andrew was supported to apply for a role with GGHT’s void clearance contactor, VPS. The job was sourced through GGHT’s in-house Employment Initiatives Team and was offered exclusively to clients working with GGHT through its work programme contract or registered on its Positive Change initiative.
Andrew was one of eight residents who were successful in securing an interview and having impressed the management team at VPS he was offered the job.
GGHT’s Employment Initiatives Team offered VPS a free recruitment service and managed the entire process on their behalf. They also supported the company with the interviews, ensuring they gained the right employee for their business needs.
VPS provide clean and clear services for GGHT. When a property becomes empty, the VPS team provide a clearance service to both the property and garden areas – this includes clearing rubbish, rubble and any hazardous material.
Andrew said: “I really appreciate the help and support I received from GGHT. Without their dedicated team I think I would still be looking for work now. I would advise anyone who is out of work, lacking in confidence and feeling down, to get in touch with The Positive Change team, they will help and support you in all of the processes of helping to find work.”
Managed by GGHT’s Employment Initiatives Team, the Positive Change programme now has in excess of 1,000 tenants and residents registered to receive free information, advice and guidance on getting into work. They receive priority access to employment opportunities working with GGHT, their suppliers and other local organisations who sign up for free recruitment support or to receive the Trust’s wage incentive scheme. The team can be contacted by calling 0800 25 26 27.