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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

Three find permanent work through HA's work academy Three find permanent work through HA's work academy

Three people from Nottingham have secured permanent jobs through a housing association's work academy.

Metropolitan, which manages 38,000 homes across the country, has taken on the lucky three at its Raleigh House offices in the city centre, after they completed a six-week customer service course.

The three trainees who secured permanent positions were Metropolitan tenant Aimee Double, 33, from Keyworth; Georgina Watt, 24, from Hyson Green; and Natalya Brown, 24, from Strelley.

Aimee said: “I’m totally over the moon. This is the start of a new life for me, a new career – a future! I have increased my confidence in all areas. If you are lucky enough to be given a chance like this, take it, use it and learn from it.”

Additionally, two more trainees- Martin Rozee, 27, from Radford, and Deryn Bunce, 39, from Hyson Green – were offered temporary posts lasting three months.

All of the participants, who had been unemployed for under a year before commencing the course, had a full week of training; four weeks of work experience; a personal mentor providing advice and support; and access to online courses to bolster their skills and CV.

Training was provided through Metropolitan’s first ever sector-based work academy. These are offered by a range of employers in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to help people find work.

Richard Walker, regional director at Metropolitan, said: “Our sector-based work academy has been a true success story. The trainees all gained from our investment of time and training and their output was impressive. Together they made a significant contribution at the Customer Service Centre.

“I’m very happy that we’ve been able to help those involved gain valuable experience and employment. In return, Metropolitan has benefitted from the input of this hard-working group of people. It has been a win-win situation for everybody involved and I wish all of the trainees every success in their future careers.”

Successful trainee Natalya Brown said: “I feel very proud and happy to have been given this opportunity – I feel as though all of my work has paid off. The Sector-Based Work Academy has given me the opportunity to get back into work and to prove to myself that I can do it. I would highly recommend it – it has changed my life for the better.”

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