Thrive Homes and Watford Community Housing Trust launch initiative to find work for unemployed

Housing trusts launch initiative to find work for unemployed

Housing trusts launch initiative to find work for unemployed

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

Two housing associations are joining forces to help unemployed residents gain some of the skills they need to find full-time work.

Thrive Homes and Watford Community Housing Trust has launched the joint venture in conjunction with the Housing Leadership Foundation (HLF).

The ‘Jobs at Home’ initiative has already taken on 14 tenants who were either unemployed or in insecure employment and plans are underway to add another six members to the team.

The team are responsible for internal decoration of some of the combined 9,000 homes owned by the two organisations.

From April, Jobs at Home will also offer a handyperson service and fit aids and adaptations, such as grab rails and wet rooms, to support independent living.

Watford resident Luke Simpson, 23, is a qualified plumber and joined the program to hone his trade and learn new skills.

He said: "I qualified four years ago but couldn’t get plumbing work so took various jobs in sales to get by.

"I’m really happy to be back in the trade, which is what I always wanted to do.

"Already, I’ve learnt a lot on the painting and decorating side and I’m looking forward to learning other skills too."

Gareth Lewis, director of property and new business at the trust, said: "The new year is a fitting time to start a job and launch a venture so we are all very excited and ambitious for Jobs at Home and wish the team well."

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10:42pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Su Murray says...

So are these previously unemployed tenants now paid a wage?
So are these previously unemployed tenants now paid a wage? Su Murray
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9:13am Fri 15 Feb 13

garston tony says...

Even they arent surely someone genuinly looking for work would grab an opportunity to gain or practise skills?

I would imaging the longer your cv shows you have not used your skills the harder it would be to get a job in that area
Even they arent surely someone genuinly looking for work would grab an opportunity to gain or practise skills? I would imaging the longer your cv shows you have not used your skills the harder it would be to get a job in that area garston tony
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