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Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education

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A group of teenagers engaged with Salford Youth Offending Team have taken the chance to turn their lives around and begin building a career thanks to City West Housing Trust.

The group of seven 16 and 17 year-olds were offered a five day multi-skills course by the social landlord to help them forge a career in construction.

The course – which ran from August 18 to 22 – provided introductory training for a variety of construction trades including plastering, tilling, joinery and painting and decorating in their purpose built Skills Centre.

Viv Simon, Head of Enterprise at City West, said: “This scheme is a prime example of how we are dedicated to helping young people stay away from crime and get back on track.”

“Many young people who are convicted of a crime often fall into a downward spiral of re-offending – but if we can provide them with opportunities for employment then we can help them break out of that cycle.”

The scheme is part of a commitment from the landlord to reduce crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) across its neighbourhoods, and to prevent young people from re-offending by giving them opportunities to begin a career in construction.

City West worked with Salford Youth Offending Team to identify which troubled teens would benefit the most from the programme.

Viv added: “We’ve worked hard to tackle ASB across our neighbourhoods, but we want to ensure that we are not just dealing with the symptoms.

“This is why programmes such as the multi-skills course are essential to prevent crime, give young people who have offended the chance to get ahead in life and bring something back to the local economy.”

In July this year the landlord was awarded an accreditation from HouseMark in recognition of its approach to tackling ASB in its communities.

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