Training for Employment

Because of the current restrictions due to Covid-19, we are temporarily unable to deliver the Training for Employment programme.

Together with our partner Wakefield College, we will be recruiting for the programme as soon as we are able to do so. Please visit our current services update.

What is Training for Employment?

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.

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What criteria do I need to meet to apply?

What criteria do I need to meet to apply?

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.

What positions are available?

What positions are available?

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.

Do I need any qualifications or previous experience?

Do I need any qualifications or previous experience?

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 will involve working outdoors and manual handling.

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) .

How do I apply for the programme?

How do I apply for the programme?

If you'd like to be considered for the programme, please contact the Community Employment Team on 01977 788825. You will arrange to meet with a Community Employment Advisor at a local Work Club to discuss the opportunity further, and to agree how they will continue to support you to move towards obtaining permanent employment.

What happens once I have applied?

What happens once I have applied?

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.

Success story: Training for Employment - Smirthwaite Estate, Normanton

Izabela and Nikki at work at WDH

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."

Case study: Clive Baker

Clive Barker at work at WDH

Clive Baker is a WDH tenant who until recently, was a full time carer for both of his parents for over ten years. When Clive no longer had this responsibility he found himself unemployed.

Clive attended the Job Centre and from there he received support from Sarah Aucott, Community Employment Advisor for WDH.

He said: "Sarah was lovely, and fantastic at her job. She helped me with my CV and offered me the opportunity to work on the fencing team with WDH."

After successfully completing a training assessment at Wakefield College, Clive started the fencing programme under the support of the Training for Employment Team.

"I loved it from day one. We would erect fences around the district with our team leader and meet tenants as part of our customer service. The mating and cutting of ground boards and fencing was my favourite part of the work and we even helped with some demolition work, getting really good feedback. The whole team was excellent and very supportive, not just for the job but for you personally. The team leaders were brilliant and the Employee Mentor was outstanding."

He added: "The team I worked with was great. We trusted in each other's abilities, we all wanted to be there every day and the days went by very quickly. The fencing scheme helped me learn new skills, make friends and increased my self-belief."

Being motivated from completing the fencing programme, Clive decided to apply for the position of Housing Support Officer WDH’s Homesearch Team and was successful.

"WDH has given me some great opportunities and helped my family in the past. I hope to progress in my future career with the company."

Karen Wilders, Training for Employment Manager at WDH, said: "On joining the Training for Employment Programme Clive has worked extremely hard and shown commitment to learning new skills to help him carry out his role. His positive attitude and determination to succeed has enabled him to move on quickly into the Homesearch role which will offer him new challenges which I'm sure he will embrace with continued hard work and enthusiasm."

Case study: Ashley Kean

Ashley Kean at work at WDH

Ashley joined WDH’s six-month fencing programme after being made redundant. He had previously been working two jobs over seven days a week and was a qualified Landscape Gardener but was still finding long term employment a challenge.

Ashley has Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary condition which affects his eyesight and has been told that in five years he will lose his sight altogether. Here he explains the challenges he has faced and how the Training for Employment programme has been supportive so far.

"I’ve always done hands on work and woodwork has always been a hobby of mine. I was holding two jobs down at one point, one in retail and another at Sodexo, until I was made redundant. It could be frustrating at times as a lot of interview feedback would say I’m overqualified. I saw an opportunity with the Training for Employment Team on Facebook and contacted the Job Club Advisor, it all went from there really."

"The programme gave me a chance to go back to college and work on my employment skills, including interview techniques, as well as complete other courses such as First Aid."

Ashley went on to join the Training for Employment Team doing fencing work on various WDH estates including, Peacock Estate, Martin Street, and Green Lane.

"The team work was good and we all got to know each other very well on site. The team leaders were always supportive and approachable."

Ashley has never let his condition hinder him in any aspect and not just employment.

"I wear glasses all the time now, it affects me more at night time but all the time I was on the Training for Employment Programme I always felt I could ask for help whenever I needed it. Because of the decline in my eyesight, the Team has found me more suitable office-based work with the OneCALL Team. My condition is hereditary, but I’ve never let this hold me back or used it as an excuse. It shouldn’t stop you achieving your goals. I enjoyed working on the programme and the OneCALL Team has been just as supportive as the Training for Employment Team."

Keiran Hickman, Assistant Team Leader for Training for Employment said: "Ashley excelled on the fencing programme, he had a need to change his career path and this programme has set him on that journey. The Training for Employment Programme provides much needed support and experience in a work-based environment for people who are finding it a challenge to get back into work. Ashley has certainly been as asset to the Team."

Shaun Fereday, OneCALL Manager said: "Ashley joined the Document Management Team in OneCALL at the beginning of February this year and was initially trained to scan Right to Buy (RTB) documentation. He picked this up easily and is currently learning how to scan and index a variety of other documents to our primary document management system – Documotive. He’s polite, friendly and quickly becoming a valued member of the team."

He added: "This will provide him with an opportunity to learn other office/call-centre skills such as call handling that would help him find sustainable employment in the future."