We 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 you with relevant training, work skills and mentoring throughout; enabling you to carry out duties of the role, and to be in a better position when applying for further employment at the end of the programme. Ongoing training is delivered by the TFE team, with our Employee Mentor assisting 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 give you a good foundation for further employment.
To be eligible for our Training for Employment Programme you need to be 19 years old or over, registered as living in a WDH property, and currently unemployed. You need to have the will and determination to be successful on the programme, be committed to working with, and as part of the TFE team, giving yourself the best chance to move into permanent employment either during your time on the programme, or at the end.
The main work is environmental improvements such as installing fencing in WDH estates, creating a defendable secure boundary, giving our tenants peace of mind. Work also includes the renewing of footpaths, relaying paving stones and flags, concreting and tarmacking. Other opportunities maybe available in other outdoor environmental work areas, such as care-taking and landscaping. We also have office based roles available should you wish to gain skills to enable you to move into a permanent office based role, either by applying for a vacancy within WDH, or outside the organisation. 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 English and maths skills as these will be required to allow you to complete the required training, for example site safety. It could involve working outdoors depending of the role you want, meaning working in all weather conditions the manual handling of heavy bulky materials and using heavy plany machinery.
A two 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) .
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 two 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.
If you'd like to be considered for the programme, please contact the Community Employment Team on 01977 788825 or email CEA@wdh.co.uk. You will arrange to meet with a Community Employment Advisor to discuss the opportunity further, and to agree how they will continue to support you to move towards obtaining permanent employment.