UNEMPLOYED young people from Stafford are finding training and experience at a local housing association through the Government’s Youth Contract programme.
Five of the new recruits are from Stafford and all will be employed on a six-month contract working alongside SARH’s ‘Repairs First’ team.
Kevin Rust, employer accounts manager for the Shaw Trust, said: “SARH’s vision to open up opportunities for our younger jobseekers to compete and develop is overwhelming and inspiring.”
Eccleshall’s John Wilkes was taken on in 2012 through the Youth Contract and went on to secure a full-time position with the organisation as a drivem and labourer.
“My initial six months with SARH was invaluable because the experience of getting out there with the trade staff and working on customers’ homes confirmed to me that I wanted to build a career for myself as a joiner,” he said.
Additionally, working in partnership with Stafford College, SARH provides an eight week pre-apprenticeship programme for 16-18 year olds looking to gain work experience and has a further five apprentices in place across its business.
Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH, said: “Providing opportunities to help local people into sustained employment is something that SARH is extremely passionate about and we are delighted to be working with our partners on this range of exciting projects.”and Rural Homes took on seven 19-22 year olds in partnership with the Shaw trust to give them a chance to gain valuable work experience and help build a career.