Monthly Archives: September 2017

What Happened During August 2017

Apprentice Mentor Training

On Tuesday 8th August 2017 we delivered an Apprentice Mentor training course to our colleagues across The Community Housing Group that mentor Apprentices as part of our Apprenticeship Programme.

The course, which was developed by our internal Training Officer focused on:

  • Identifying skills of a good Mentor
  • Identifying different ways of instructing
  • Reviewing the Apprentice Paperwork

By the end of the course delegates were able to:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of an Apprentice Mentor
  • Understand different learning styles

The course was very well received with all delegates rating the course either satisfied or very satisfied.


Community Events

On Tuesday 22nd August and Thursday 24th August Vestia supported colleagues across the Group with their annual summer community events.

Members of the Neighbourhood Team and Resident Involvement were there to support the events along with a number of tenant representatives and local Councillors

The two events, which were hosted at the Walshes and Springfield Park, gave residents an opportunity to speak to colleagues from the Group as well as seek employment support from our Job Coaches.

The events were a great success with lots of residents getting involved in the free activities!

What Happened During July 2017

Supporting Local Schools with Work Experience

As part of TCHG’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Vestia organises work experience with local schools.  This work experience is invaluable to the students as it is often their first taste of the working environment.

Without the continued support of our Group colleagues this would not be possible and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your help, support and time with the students. Thank you!


Employment Services

It has been our most successful academic year to date with over 151 Wyre Forest residents successfully completing the Vestia Employability Skills course. Of those 49 are TCHG residents, with 43% of those residents going on to find paid employment following the course.


Building Better Opportunities (BBO)

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects. Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a National Lottery and ESF funded project designed to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion throughout Worcestershire.

Since its launch in October 2016; BBO continues to make a real difference to people’s lives in the Wyre Forest and across Worcestershire. The two BBO Jobs Coaches have so far worked with 50 TCHG residents, many facing multiple barriers to returning to the work place. With the bespoke one to one support package offered to all people joining the programme 9 TCHG residents have found long term sustained employment, as a direct result of the Building Better Opportunities Programme.

If you or anyone you know would benefit from the support of a dedicated Job Coach who will work with you to build on your own strengths and abilities to gain the confidence and skills to move into work please get in touch now, we are waiting to hear from you.

If you would like to know more about any of the services offered by Vestia Employment Services Team, or know of anyone who might benefit from some support, speak to one of the team on 01562 733133 or email


Baxter College Careers Event

On Thursday 13th July 2017, The Community Housing Group supported Baxter College’s summer Careers Event. This annual event gives pupils the opportunity to understand the world of work and get first-hand advice from local employers.

Apprentices and staff from Oakleaf and Vestia were able to give pupils the chance to learn about Apprenticeships at TCHG, as well as general employment advice.

Thank you to all that supported the event and those Apprentices that acted as Ambassadors for the Group.

Apprenticeship Success

A double congratulations to Megan Hill for successfully completing her Level 4 Association of Accounting Techniques Apprenticeship and for now progressing to the role of Finance Assistant. Well done Megan.



What Happened During June 2017

The Community Housing Group – Managing Safely Refresher Training

On Thursday 8th June 2017 we delivered a Managing Safely Refresher course. This is an internal course that our Health & Safety qualified trainer developed.

The course updates managers on changes to legislation and helps them review health and safety in their teams, looking specifically at procedures in place at TCHG.

By replacing the IOSH Managing Safely Refresher with our own tailored refresher it enables us to look at our own policies and systems.

The feedback we received from this course is very positive with 100% being satisfied or very satisfied with the training with the following comments;

“I preferred this course to other accredited courses – felt relevant and just the right amount of information. It wasn’t too overwhelming”

“I thought the revamped refresher worked really well compared previous courses”.


Oakleaf Commercial Services Apprenticeship and Trainee Event

On Thursday 15th June 2017, Oakleaf hosted an Apprentice and Trainee Event at Kidderminster Town Hall, with support from Vestia and the Group.

The purpose of the event was to advertise for 5 Apprenticeship positions and 1 Trainee position within Oakleaf Commercial Services.

Thank you to all those that supported the event, it was a great success, which saw attendance from a lot of interested applicants.

For further information on our Apprenticeship programme please call the Vestia training team on 01562 733133.


Opening Doors Careers Event

On Wednesday 28th June 2017 we hosted a careers event as part of the Opening Doors for Business partnership with OGL. The event, which saw 15 pupils attend Foley Grove, was a huge success.

Dave Hanman, Director of Independent Living Services, was a part of the line-up for the event, taking part in a ‘Day in the Life of a Director’ interactive activity, this gave the pupils an opportunity to learn all about a Director’s role and details of Dave’s own career path.

Other Apprentices and staff from Oakleaf Grounds and Vestia also supported the event, giving pupils the chance to learn about Apprenticeships at The Community Housing Group, as well as CV and interview skills.

Thank you to all that supported the event and those Apprentices that acted as Ambassadors for the Group.


Welcome to Nathan Hatch – Web Development Apprentice

Nathan joined The Community Housing Group in June 2017, as a Web Development Apprentice.

Nathan is currently studying towards a Higher Apprenticeship in Software Development, whilst working in the I.T department.