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Learning the drill...

Published 19 February 2015

 

 

Pupils went on parade as they donned scaled-down firefighters' uniforms as part of a WDH backed project aimed at boosting their school attendance rates.

The CHOICE (Children Have Options Imagination Challenge and Experience) scheme allows youngsters aged nine to 11 to find out about the world of work and how going to school can improve their career prospects.

Several organisations are working together to deliver the scheme including WDH, Pontefract Education and Academies Trust, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire services, Wakefield College, British Transport Police and Wakefield Youth Offending Team.

Firefighter Instructor Joe Helme put a dozen youngsters from Pontefract, some from Carleton Park Primary School and others from The Rookeries Carleton Junior and Infant School, through their paces at Castleford Fire Station. Other Pontefract schools also taking part in the programme are Cobblers Lane, Orchard Head, St Giles and De-Lacy.

Annette Jones, CHOICE District Manager, said: " The programme includes a six-week fire fighting course to develop the children's team building skills, which ends in the middle of March and will also include a session on the repercussions and costs of making hoax emergency calls.

"It also includes a selection of taster sessions for young people in construction, mechanics, bricklaying and hair and beauty, which help them think about future career options."

Students are awarded points when they complete sections of the course and have a 'passing out parade' at the end of the 30-week programme.

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Beware of the cold callers
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Beware of the cold callers

Published 6 March 2020

We are aware that recently a high number of phone calls have been made to WDH tenants ‘offering’ loft insulation.

They are cold callers and we want all tenants to be mindful of these phone calls. This type of contact is not illegal but can be a nuisance and can cause some confusion. We will always contact tenants in advance of any contract work taking place. If you have any repair issues this is what you need to do.

If you are experiencing cold callers, please visit our advice page on how to prevent this.

Cold callers or bogus callers?

While cold calling can be a pest, bogus calling can be more serious and can lead to carrying out a crime in your home. We advise all tenants to be aware of any bogus calling in which the caller could impersonate others such as WDH to carry out a crime.

For more information on how to deal with bogus callers, please visit our advice page.

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Kettlethorpe man finds work with help from WDH’s Work Club
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Kettlethorpe man finds work with help from WDH’s Work Club

Published 18 July 2016

A local work club has helped a tenant from Kettlethorpe, who was unemployed for five years, to find work at the Manygates Adult Education Centre in Wakefield.

David Phillips had previously spent 30 years running pubs but, after he was made redundant, he struggled to find work.

Despite applying for lots of jobs, David was unsuccessful and started attending work clubs organised by WDH at Kettlethorpe’s Community Learning Centre.

At these sessions David received help with writing his CV, applying for jobs as well as gaining confidence for interviews.  Through the work club, David was also given the opportunity to gain work experience at WDH’s Hub in Wakefield and the Adult Education Centre.

Following his work experience at the Adult Education Centre, David applied to work as a volunteer a few days a week to help out with admin and reception duties. During his time volunteering a full time position became available and Julie Srivastava, WDH Community Employment Advisor, encouraged him to apply for it. David was successful and is now a full time Reception and Admin Support Officer. 

Speaking about his accomplishment, Julie said: “David has been incredibly committed to finding work and has done lots of work experience and voluntary work to improve his employability. I’m really happy for him and he deserves this after all his hard work.”

David added: “I’d like to thank WDH for the support they’ve offered me.  Julie’s gone out of her way to help me and I’m really enjoying my new job, which is a total career change for me.  She gave me some great advice and was so supportive when helping me work on my CV and interview skills, it was really beneficial.”

To find out more about WDH’s Community Employment Advisors visit our Community Employment Advisors page.

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