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NCH team up with Access Training to support unemployed tenants in to work

Jacqueline Folkes with the NCH team

Nottingham City Homes (NCH) has instigated an initiative as part of their employability support programme to help their unemployed tenants in to work.

NCH has teamed up with local training provider, Access Training who has been awarded ESF funding to deliver employability programmes and is where their relationship was forged.

NCH’s programme, called Branching Out Into Work, is a four week course which requires tenants to attend college one day each week to learn employability skills such as CV writing and interview skills.

The course also included work experience placements with NCH’s Home Preparation Team, which carries out deep cleans of empty properties, preparing them to be let again. This, teamed with the training they received, gave the tenants the knowledge and the confidence to apply for jobs and attend interviews.

Jo Miller, Employability Manager at Nottingham City Homes, said: “We are always keen to support our tenants in to work and look for innovative ways to do so. This partnership with Access Training has meant we are able to not only give tenants training in employability skills, but also give them work experience too. Branching Out Into Work has proved a real success and the outcomes have been really promising.”

The programme also guarantees a job interview at the end of the four weeks with NCH giving an added incentive to attend the academy.

Jacqueline Folkes is a NCH tenant who signed up for the course. She has now been offered a permanent position at Nottingham City Homes as a Home Preparation Officer in the Home Preparation Team.

Jacqueline is over the moon with this and said: “This programme has been absolutely brilliant. I received an email about it from NCH and immediately signed up as it was just what I needed.

“The course was so useful and my tutor was fantastic. She explained everything so clearly and taught us some great techniques for interviews and really boosted my confidence with applying for jobs.

“The work experience part of the course was also really good as it gives you some experience of the workplace and also lets you see if it is a job you would like to do. I loved it and so couldn’t wait for the interview.

“I was a little nervous before the interview but once I was in there I soon calmed down as I remembered everything I had been taught during the course. We learned how to get ready for an interview so I felt like I was prepared and had the answers to their questions.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to start work at NCH.”

Sarah Bardens, Employability Skills Trainer from Access Training, added:”I had the pleasure of supporting Jacqueline with our short Employability and Customer Service course, and subsequently her application for a job with Nottingham City Homes.

“From the day she came to enrol, Jacqueline was wonderful to work with. Her lovely big smile and warmth instantly made her a popular member of the group. She was always committed and hard-working when in class and thoroughly enjoyed her work experience days. The knowledge and experience she was gaining from her time on the programme was evident in everything she said and did, and I am sure this also showed in her interview, helping her to secure the role.

“I am very confident Jacqueline will be an enormous asset to Nottingham City Homes. She is so passionate about the impact she can have on the tenants and I know she will give 100% to her new role. I am thrilled about Jacqueline’s appointment and wish her every success in her new career.”

Nottingham City Home Tenants who are interested in taking part in NCH’s employability support programme can contact Jo Miller for more information by emailing employability@nottinghamcityhomes.org.uk or calling 07789 943 370