During January 2017 we ran our eleventh and twelfth On Your Marks programmes, in partnership with the Job Centre. Seventeen learners successfully completed these courses up to certificate level, and four of these learners have already secured paid employment.
During the nine day programme learners receive help and advice with finding work, CV writing, mock interviews and a recognised qualification.
One learner who was very satisfied with the course said; “This course was really useful for me, as I haven’t attended an interview for over eight years. I learnt how to be more confident with interviews and how to prepare for them”.
National Apprenticeship Service Awards Finals & Top 100
On Friday 20th January 2017 the national finals of the National Apprenticeship Services Awards 2016 were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Kathleen Sandford, Learning and Development Administrator and Vikki Greenfield, Head of Learning and Development were on the judging panel for the National Awards and represented for The Community Housing Group (TCHG) on the evening, along with Karen Lowry-Hall,
Learning and Development Manager and Evie Brookes, Assistant Human Resources Advisor.
During the awards the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list was announced and TCHG are very proud to be recognised on this prestigious list for the fourth year running.
Compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service, the list recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices. After a competitive selection process, the most exceptional Apprenticeship employers from all of the National Apprenticeship Awards categories went forward to feature in the list, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offer Apprenticeships.
I.T Beginners Course
During January 2017 we started an eight week I.T beginners course for nine local residents, in–conjunction with Heart of Worcestershire College.
The course which will cover the basics of using a computer will run one session per week for eight weeks.
Our I.T learners are now on week seven and they have made great progress so far, including setting up their own email addresses and using the internet.
Inter Generations Worcester Launch Event
On Friday 27th January 2017 a launch event for Inter Generations Worcester was held at The Hive, Worcester. Inter Generations Worcester, a partnership between Vestia Community Trust (part of The Community Housing Group) and the University of Worcester, is a home sharing scheme which matches people aged 55 and over who have a spare room in their home with students from the University. In exchange for accommodation, the student agrees to spend at least 10 hours per week with the householder and provide companionship or support in the home for everyday tasks.
The event, which was opened by Elizabeth Mills OBE, the Honorary Director of Homeshare International also saw Guest speaker, Sophie Pryce, from Age UK’s Reconnections service, welcome the new scheme.
Marina Banner, Executive Director Vestia & Corporate Services, said: “Although the team carry out regular visits and checks to make sure that everything is running smoothly and help to resolve any issues, we find that once a pattern has been established in the household, the support needed is minimal. We are very encouraged by the positive response we have received from the participants and their families so far and look forward to welcoming new home sharers.”
Cllr John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Worcestershire County Council, added: “We are delighted to be supporting this pilot project. This is a great example of the council working innovatively with partners to develop ways for older people to live well in their own homes. While it is a new solution for the county, there has been success in other countries with this type of solution. Worcestershire has a large number of university students and isolated older people, so this solution should make perfect sense.”
Find further information about Inter Generations Worcester on their website; www.vestia.org.uk/intergen.