What Happened During September 2016

Welcome to Grounds Apprentices

On Thursday 1st September 2016 we welcomed six new Grounds Maintenance Apprentices to the organisation, with one more still in recruitment.ogs

These Apprentices have been recruited following the successful completion of our first Grounds Maintenance Apprenticeship Programme back in April 2016.

The new Apprentices will be studying towards a Level 2 in Horticulture over the next two years, whilst working full time in the Oakleaf Grounds team.

Institute of Occupational Safety & Health Managing Safely

During September we delivered a four day IOSH Managing Safely course, this is the second IOSH course we have run this year.

Delivered by Karen Evans, our Training and Development Officer in co-operation with KeyOstas, this course is very important to our business.

It helps our Managers, Supervisors and Team Leaders understand their responsibilities, and includes:iosh-ms

  • Introducing Managing Safely
  • Assessing Risks
  • Controlling Risks
  • Understanding Your Responsibilities
  • Identifying Hazards
  • Investigating Accidents and Incidents
  • Measuring Performance
  • Protecting Our Environment

Illegal Money Lending Leaflet Drop

On Monday 19th September 2016 employees from Vestia Community Trust took part in a joint project with the Illegal Money Lending team and West Mercia Police.

Leaflets were delivered to properties in the Sion Hill and Horsefair area to raise the awareness of Loan Sharks. Posters were also placed in local shops, and beermats in the pubs in the areas.

Baxter College Community Project

Over the past few months we have been working closely with Baxter College and Keepmoat organising an on-going Community Project. During September phase one was commenced.

In a quest to revamp Baxter College’s green spaces an un-used area of the playground was transformed in to a seating area using raised flower beds.

We will be returning to Baxter College during October 2016 to fill in the flower beds with the pupils.

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Showcase of Services for Older People Event

On Thursday 22nd September the Vestia Digital Transformation team attended the Showcase of Services for Older People event in Kidderminster Town Hall with other teams from The digital-transformation-eventCommunity Housing Group.

It was a busy morning talking to visitors about digital transformation, asking about their experiences of going online. Finding out what interest there is in receiving training and support to gain confidence and to stay safe online.

The event was also good opportunity to meet with other organisations attending, building working relationships to aid people around Wyre Forest to get online.

 

West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (WMAAN) Meeting

On Friday 23rd September 2016 we hosted a WMAAN meeting. Vikki Greenfield, Head of Learning and Development at Vestia, is the Chair of the WMAAN, and Karen Lowry-Hall, Learning and Development Manager is also a key ambassador.wmaan-logos

The Community Housing Group supports this Network alongside other West Midland based organisations such as Birmingham City Council, Coventry City Council, Midland Heart, Fortis Living, Sanctuary Group, Jaguar Land Rover, QHotels, BT and The Automobile Association.

The aim of the West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network is to grow the Apprenticeships programme by engaging new employers through business to business engagement.