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 jobscoach@vestia.org.uk.


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.