Yorkshire-based housing association Incommunities has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its efforts around providing local residents with skills development, training, and career opportunities.
The employability team – which provides free support to jobseekers in the Bradford district – have been recognised in the Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility category.
The category recognises organisations that have supported people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds in improving their job skills and their chances of finding work.
The employability team provides advice on finding job vacancies, writing effective CVs, completing job applications, interview skills, and in-work support.
The team also helps identify appropriate skills and qualifications for users, offers free online maths and English courses, and works alongside a partnership network of community centres and with local employers to find suitable recruits.
The service has adapted to lockdown restrictions, with virtual open days connecting advisors with job seekers and support provided by email, telephone, and virtual meetings.
Julie Stanworth, employability manager, Incommunities, said: “The team creates opportunities for social mobility by helping provide people with the skills, knowledge, and qualifications they need to gain sustainable employment or upskill to a new role.
“I am proud the team’s efforts in supporting local residents have been recognised by this prestigious award.”
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