A housing provider has applauded the first group of tenants to complete its new employability skills course.
Yorkshire Housing’s ‘change your life’ programme was set up to help tenants and their families to gain essential employability skills to maximise their success in the job market.
The programme offers a series of tutorial sessions to help tenants gain interviews and get advice on how to climb the job ladder. Coaches use a mixture of online and classroom-based teaching. This happens over a short period of just two days per week for six weeks. Those who pass the course also become accredited members of the Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurs.
Employment and enterprise team leader Nikki Flett said she was thrilled with the 100% success rate from the first course, with all participants finding work, self-employment, voluntary work or work placements.
“The change your life programme is a great opportunity for our tenants to get support and training that will help build their confidence and get on the employment ladder, or even start their own business. It’s very much aimed at people who want to achieve results,” she added.
Evan Lloyd from Barnsley, who specialises in IT, said: “The course really allowed me to discover more about my strengths and learn how to make the most of them. It’s thanks to this course that I’ve been able to secure an interview at a marketing agency in London.”
Sheffield nursing hopeful Sarah Bittaye suggested her recently secured job at Sheffield Hospital was due to the “productive and progressive learning” she received through the programme.
And entrepreneur Lomembe Kamba Mao from Bradford found the course invaluable as he now starts a new small business. He said: “This is an amazing experience that helped me to develop self-confidence and communication skills.”
Pictured (left-right) are Yorkshire Housing employment and enterprise team leader Nikki Flett; Lomembe Kamba Mao; Sarah Bittaye; Evan Lloyd and Yorkshire Housing enterprise coach John Bolton.