We currently offer up to six months paid employment with WDH through our Training for Employment Programme to help adults who are unemployed and living in a WDH property back into work.
The programme provides participants with training, work skills, support and mentoring to assist them
to carry out the duties of the role, and to be in a better position when applying for further employment
at the end of the programme. On the job training is delivered by a Team Leader, with support provided
by an Employee Mentor who assists with advice and guidance to ensure that all participants on the programme
benefit from the experience.
The Training for Employment programme will help you to build a work record with a large and trusted local
employer, which will assist you in making applications for further employment.
To be eligible for our Training for Employment Programme you need to be 19 years old or over, registered
as living within a WDH property, and currently unemployed. You need to have the will and determination
to be successful on the programme, and be committed to working with the team at WDH to help yourself to
move into sustainable employment at the end of the programme.
The main work is building fencing on WDH estates, however opportunities may be available in other
outdoor environmental work areas, such as care-taking and landscaping. Each position is for 30 hours per week.
There are no formal qualification requirements for these roles, however we do ask that you have basic literacy
skills as these will be required to allow you to complete the required training, for example site safety.
As there will be a lot of heavy lifting, and working outdoors in all weathers, we also ask that you are physically fit.
A four week Sector Based Work Academy will be held at the beginning of the placement, at which point all
relevant training will commence. This will include training in transferable workplace skills, helping you
to improve your basic work-related skills (e.g. literacy, numeracy and ICT) .
If you'd like to be considered for the programme, please contact your local Community Employment Advisor
listed below. Once you've made contact they will arrange to meet you at a local Work Club to discuss the
opportunity further and provide you with support to obtain permanent employment with an employer upon the
Recruitment to the programme takes place every three months. Candidates are invited to an assessment day,
where those who are successful at this stage will go on to complete a four week Sector Based Work Academy.
Following this up to 10 people will be selected for the positions based on their performance, attendance and
attitude. The roles are initially offered for a period of up to six months with the potential for this to
be extended for an additional six months.
Izabela Niklewicz and Nikki Wilson have both found work through WDH’s training for employment scheme. Both were unemployed and finding it a challenge to get feedback on job applications. Nikki and Izabela are now cleaners on the Smirthwaite Estate in Normanton.
Nikki, from Normanton, said: “I had been told about WDH’s programmes through a friend and I thought I’d apply. I was a bit nervous when I first started but you do settle in very quickly and the staff at WDH are very welcoming. I love my job. The support you get is really good and I have made some good friends.”
The Smirthwaite estate includes 320 properties, a mix of maisonettes, houses and bungalows. The estate was recently improved with new fencing, front garden spaces and a new play area. Nikki and Izabela work 24 hours a week making sure that the estate stays in top condition.
Izabela, from Castleford, said: “I found out about the opportunity to go on one of WDH’s six month programmes and I’m very glad I did. I started out on the fencing programme in Pontefract then after three months went on to cleaning and I really enjoyed it. This job has made me feel good about myself and my English is improving. This is my first job since moving to England and WDH have given me so much help, it’s been great so far.”
On the job training is delivered by a Team Leader, with support provided by an Employee Mentor who assists with advice and guidance to ensure that all participants on the programme benefit from the experience and move closer to the employment market.
Priscilla Winstanley, Employee Mentor for WDH said: “They are both really hardworking and although they had personal obstacles to deal with at the start of their programme they grew in confidence and became valuable members of the team. They are very committed to working with us and it’s great to see them improving. It’s great to have them on board and I am proud of them both.”