Paid work opportunities, including apprenticeships, are good for business, local people and the economy.
That was the message housing management company Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) and Newcastle City Council brought to a group of 26 businesses in Walker, Newcastle, recently.
The two organisations are working on a project aimed at involving businesses in developing the skills of local workers through offering placements with the potential for longer-term, sustainable jobs.
The Living and Working in Walker event was part of much wider initiative to get more people back into work in the Newcastle council ward most affected by the Government’s welfare reforms.
During the day, hosted by Newcastle firm Houghton International, the council’s deputy leader Joyce McCarty welcomed representatives from the likes of Blue Line Taxis, Automotive Group, MGM, Regal Catering and Greggs.
Newcastle East MP Nick Brown, meanwhile, spoke of his support for the project, while YHN employees gave presentations, detailing help they will offer to businesses that get involved.
The organisation is offering to assist in the identification of suitable candidates, provide a named contact to offer support throughout the placement, provide training for the employee pre-placement and give regular practical support through the first six months to ease the transition. In some circumstances, a financial incentive may also be offered.
Employability manager at YHN, Stuart Campbell said: “We are extremely grateful to Houghton International for hosting this event and to Nick Brown MP for attending. We were thrilled to see so many local employers showing an interest in providing job opportunities for the people of Walker.
“There are approximately 650 residents in the Walker area who now receive less housing benefit as a result of the Government’s bedroom tax and YHN is working across a number of areas to help them deal with this. Getting more people into work and earning more money is an essential strand of this project and one that is proving beneficial for residents and employers alike.
“YHN has a lot of experience of employing tenants and offers some short-term contracts of its own through its apprenticeship and Your Homes Your Jobs schemes. Many of those who have been employed on this basis have proven to be tremendous assets to the organisation and gone on to secure full-time positions.”
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