A SOCIAL enterprise company set up to provide practical experience and careers for young people interested in construction and property maintenance has won a major contract with housing association Home Group.
North Tyneside-based 4041 has been signed up to refurbish the Grade II-listed building in St Thomas Crescent in Newcastle city centre.
It will take eight weeks to complete the project on the four-storey Georgian terraced house, which has been standing empty for some time.
The work, which will start with minor decommissioning, will require 4041 staff to use roofing, plastering, tiling, painting and decorating, heating and plumbing and electrical works skills.
Wendy Berry, Home Group’s interim head of product and service design, said: “After hearing about the vision for 4041 and the great opportunities that the directors are securing for the trainees we felt the St Thomas Crescent project would give them a super opportunity to showcase their skills and training as well as gain further experience. We know 4041 plans to increase its number of employees and apprentices and has indicated we could promote these vacancies to Home Group customers, so I would love to see us continue to provide this type of opportunity for training.”
Not-for-profit 4041 has already secured a number of smaller domestic and commercial construction projects. The social enterprise works with Trade Training Associates to ensure staff get the skills they need to develop their construction careers.
4041 construction director, Peter Galbraith, said: “By appointing 4041, customers are not only guaranteed a quality job but at the same time, can take satisfaction from knowing they are giving young people a chance to get the experience needed to launch their careers, so it is a win-win situation.
“All our work is pre-quoted, often in competition with established building firms, which we are more than competitive with on price, attitude and responsiveness.
“Because the employees are in training, they can sometimes take a little longer to complete certain tasks, so projects such as this, where the building is unoccupied, provide an ideal opportunity for gaining experience and embedding skills.
“All contracts are supervised day- to-day by experienced tradesmen.
“In this way, all of our employees will be able to complete the on-site work they require to gain their NVQs as they rotate through each of the trades needed for the job.
“We hope that with a successful conclusion to this project, there will be other opportunities for us to work together in the future.”