Sunday, 22 November 2009

Newport housing take on young recruits

Newport City Homes (NCH) will shortly be welcoming seven new members of staff for six-month positions in its building trade and community involvement teams, as part of the Future Jobs Fund Project.

In partnership with
Newport City Council, NCH has created a total of 30 placements for 18-24 year olds who have been claiming Job Seekers Allowance for between 39 and 51 weeks.

The positions, which will take place over the next 18 months, will allow the young person to gain work experience that delivers community benefit, to enhance their CV. At the end of the six-month placement, extra support will be offered to help the employees find permanent work.

Newport, the Future Jobs Fund was launched in October and a total of 472 placements will be delivered across the city over the next 18 months.

The first phase of recruitment for the positions with NCH involved both staff and residents taking part in the interview and decision-making process.

Claire Douglas, Head of Community Regeneration and Involvement at NCH said: "The project has offered
Newport City Homes a chance to offer work experience opportunities to young people in partnership with Newport City Council. It has also shown the commitment from the contractors that are working with us on the investment programme, with whom some of these placements will be made.

"We’re very grateful to the residents who gave their time to be involved in the recruitment to these posts. We've met some brilliant young people that have a lot to offer the organisation and the communities in which they will be working."


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