Sovereign Housing Association has celebrated supporting over 1,000 residents with employment and training advice as part of Employability Day.
On 30 April, the social landlord – which has 60,000 homes across the south-west of England – sought to recognise the 1,944 residents its Employability and Training team helped with advice and guidance.
The team had also helped 100 people start or maintain their self-employment dream.
Working online, by messaging service and over the phone, as well as face-to-face when permitted, the 11-strong team also supported 249 people into new jobs or better employment opportunities.
All of Sovereign’s residents are eligible to approach the Employment and Training team for support.
Erica Watts, Sovereign’s head of Employment and training, said: “The pandemic has hit many people hard, we’ve been talking with residents who’ve never experienced unemployment before coming to us for support, we’ve seen people furloughed and laid off. It has knocked confidence hard.
“That’s why we’re not just focused on employment, we also offer guidance for those looking to complete training that supports their aspirations.
“Last year, we supported 1,182 people to do that, and we also offer guidance on how to take those first steps to identify skills and gain confidence to step out into the world of work.”
Two focused employment and training programmes are also on offer from Sovereign.
The first is on the Isle of Wight, in partnership with Southern Housing Association, where £200,000 of funding has been set aside to assist residents with their job searches.
The second is in conjunction with the government scheme Kickstart and aims to support 40 young people on Universal Credit aged 18-25 to develop pathways to a future career.
Watts added: “We want to encourage young people to approach their work coaches and tell them about Sovereign’s Kickstart offer.
“We’ve jobs available across the board, in administration and customer service roles from maintenance to communications, business admin, to community development.
“Many of the positions offer flexible working, and all of them will result in a recognised qualification.”
Sovereign has homes in Berkshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, and the west of England.
Image: Erica Watts, head of Employment and Training, Sovereign
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