Training for Employment

What is Training for Employment?

We offer up to six months paid employment with WDH through our Training for Employment Programme to help adults who are unemployed and living in a WDH property back into work.

The programme provides participants with training, work skills and mentoring to assist them to carry out duties of the role, and to be in a better position when applying for further employment at the end of the programme. Training is delivered by a Team Leader, and an Employee Mentor will assist with advice and guidance to ensure that all participants on the programme benefit from the experience.

The Training for Employment programme will help you to build a work record with a large and trusted local employer, which will assist you in making applications for further employment.

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Frequently asked questions

What criteria do I need to meet to apply?

To be eligible for our Training for Employment Programme you need to be 19 years old or over, registered as living within a WDH property, and currently unemployed. You need to have the will and determination to be successful on the programme, and be committed to working with the team at WDH to help yourself to move into sustainable employment at the end of the programme.

What positions are available?

The main work is building fencing on WDH estates, however opportunities may be available in other outdoor environmental work areas, such as care-taking and landscaping. Each position is for 30 hours per week.

Do I need any qualifications or previous experience?

There are no formal qualification requirements for these roles, however we do ask that you have basic English and maths skills as these will be required to allow you to complete the required training, for example site safety. It will involve working outdoors and manual handling.

A two week Sector Based Work Academy will be held at the beginning of the placement, at which point all relevant training will commence. This will include training in transferable workplace skills, helping you to improve your basic work-related skills (e.g. literacy, numeracy and ICT) .

What happens once I have applied?

Recruitment to the programme takes place every three months. Candidates are invited to an assessment day, where those who are successful at this stage will go on to complete a two week Sector Based Work Academy. Following this up to 10 people will be selected for the positions based on their performance, attendance and attitude. The roles are initially offered for a period of up to six months with the potential for this to be extended for an additional six months.

How to apply

If you'd like to be considered for the programme, please contact the Community Employment Team on 01977 788825 or email CommunityEmploymentAdvisors@wdh.co.uk. You will arrange to meet with a Community Employment Advisor to discuss the opportunity further, and to agree how they will continue to support you to move towards obtaining permanent employment.