Wates and PA Housing help to boost employment opportunities in Leicester

Leading social housing maintenance provider Wates Living Space has helped jobseekers in Leicester get back into work through its Building Futures programme.

As part of Wates’ work with PA Housing and its commitment to providing residents and tenants access to local jobs and training opportunities, seven candidates attended the two-week pre-employment training course.

The candidates took part in trade taster sessions in plumbing and joinery, health and safety, asbestos awareness and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Testing, as well as employability skills training.

They were also given the opportunity to practice their interview techniques through mock interviews with representatives from Wates and its supply chain partners; PA Housing, Bromak Ltd and Maloy and Flynn Recruitment Ltd.

The Building Futures course, which took place at Leicester University, is one of many that Wates run nationwide. Set up in 2006 to help tackle unemployment in the communities it works within, Wates celebrated its 100th Building Futures programme in July 2017, with over 1,100 participants having taken part overall.

At the end of the two weeks, a celebration event was held where Wates’ Division Manager, Andy Brown, presented the candidates with their completion certificates. After the course, the participants went on to take their CSCS tests, leaving them well equipped to progress into placements and employment.

Seeing the candidates improve and develop key skills needed to advance into employment is a fantastic sight. Having past the 100 mark, we know that the Building Futures programme has a positive impact on so many people and communities and it is a privileged to be able to offer that much needed helping hand.
 
It has also been amazing to have PA Housing and our other supply chain partners support the programme by taking the time to help with the mock interviews. It is an excellent example of our shared commitment to providing training opportunities to the local community.”
 
David Morgan, Managing Director of Wates Living Space

We were happy to help and pleased to have been involved in such a worthwhile project. Helping people back into work is a positive outcome for everyone.”
 
PA Housing Chief Operating Officer Matt Cooney

 

Wates’ presence in the Midlands region also includes the recent double appointment to whg’s maintenance contracts in Walsall and its housing improvement works contract with Tamworth Borough Council.