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Training for Employment

Our training for employement programme is back! We offer up to twelve months paid employement to help get adults back into work

What is Training for Employment?

We offer up to twelve 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 you with relevant training, work skills and mentoring throughout; enabling you 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. Ongoing training with advice and guidance is delivered by the Training for Employment team 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 give you a good foundation for further employment.

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Office staff discussing something on a computer monitor Trainee fence builder slotting a fence panel into place Trainee fence builders group shot Two men wearing hi-viz jackets, helmets and face masks, stood in front of a house, looking at a clipboard Two men wearing hi-viz jackets, helmets and face masks looking at plans on a laptop Trainee fencing employees unloading van Employee sitting at her desk looking through a document and smiling at the camera

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 in a WDH property, and currently unemployed. You need to have the will and determination to be successful on the programme, be committed to working with, and as part of the TFE team, giving yourself the best chance to move into permanent employment either during your time on the programme, or at the end.

What positions are available?

Environment Assistants - Fencing Scheme

The main work is environmental improvements such as installing different types of fencing in WDH estates, creating a defendable secure boundary, giving our tenants peace of mind. Work also includes the renewing of footpaths, relaying paving stones and flags, concreting and tarmacking. Other duties such as jet washing and painting could also be required.

Environment Assistants – Caretaking/Cleaning

These placements support our caretaking teams to maintain and clean the communal areas on our estates as well as some of our office facilities.

Business Support Assistants

These placements are clerical /administration roles and are offered throughout many different departments at WDH. You would gain knowledge and understanding of customer services and develop your communication skills.

Each position is for up to 30 hours per week.

Do I need any qualifications or previous experience?

There are no formal qualification or previous experience requirements, however all roles require basic English and Maths skills as these will be required to allow you to complete the required training and to carry out the role if successful. Our programme vacancies are advertised as they arise throughout the year with some involving working outdoors in all weather conditions, manual handling of heavy bulky materials and using heavy plant machinery. The office based roles will require you to deliver a range of administrative duties.

What happens once I have applied?

Interested candidates are invited to a site or office visit and assessment. Those who are successful at this stage will go on to complete business led training modules relevant to the role. This includes Health and Safety modules such as manual handling and asbestos awareness for site-based roles, and basic administrative functions in relation to office based roles. The training is usually completed within two days. Following this applicants will have a formal interview with successful applicants selected for the positions based on their performance, attendance and attitude whilst training as well as performance at interview. The roles are for a period of up to twelve months.

How to apply

If you'd like to be considered for the programme, you can contact the Community Employment Team on 01977 788825, by email or complete our Expression of Interest form. A Community Employment Advisor will arrange to meet with you to discuss the opportunity further, and to agree how they will continue to support you to move towards obtaining permanent employment.