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WDH to launch Wi Fi network across Wakefield

Published 10 December 2015

WDH has launched a ground-breaking partnership with CommunityUK.net to introduce a free WiFi Broadband Network across the Wakefield district.

WDH aims to help all of its 60,000 tenants to get online by 2020 and is now working with CommunityUK.net - one of the UK’s leading providers of WiFi internet and digital inclusion solutions – to introduce a wireless internet service which will reach all of WDH’s 31,000 homes.

In the coming weeks WDH and CommunityUK.net will begin its launch of a technical trial of a small area of its network, which will begin with WDH offices and premises but will then be extended to WDH tenants.

If successful, the service will be rolled out to all WDH properties throughout the Wakefield district.

Kevin Dodd, Chief Executive of WDH, said: “Internet access is critical to people’s quality of life. It’s estimated that households can save around £560 a year by shopping and paying bills online, but it is also extremely important because of the opportunities it offers to search for jobs and training, and avoid social exclusion.

“This project will not only benefit our tenants hugely but could also help to significantly reduce our running costs as a business.”

Peter Reed-Forrester, Managing Director of CommunityUK.net said “At CUK we have always striven to build a service that will ensure people from all walks of life have the opportunity and support needed to become digitally included and take full advantage of all that the new digital world has to offer, free from all financial and technical barriers.

“As such, we are proud to be working with WDH on such an innovative and prestigious project, which will have a positive and long lasting impact upon the people of Wakefield and their futures.  We are incredibly excited to be a part of the initiative that will turn Wakefield into one of the UK’s leading and exemplar digital communities.”

More details on the location of the proposed technical trial will be announced soon.

 

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Normanton man finds his dream career with WDH’s help
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Normanton man finds his dream career with WDH’s help

Published 18 December 2015

A man from Normanton has started his dream career thanks to WDH.  

Attila Gyokos, 21, spent six months working at the social landlord as a Project Support Assistant, and during this time he was supported to gain new skills and find full-time work. 

Whilst in the role, Geoff Kirk, WDH’s Service Director for Business Systems, noticed that Attila had strong programming skills. Geoff contacted Graham Howarth, Chief Executive of Sarcophagus, a Wakefield-based company that develop and host a range of software for businesses including ASDA and Audi. 

Geoff met Graham on the steering group of Wakefield Bondholders, and so knew his company were looking for someone with programming skills. After discussing Attila’s credentials, he was eventually offered a two-week trial at the company working as a web developer. 

Following his trial the company he was offered a full-time role as a web developer. 

Graham said: “WDH has helped our business immensely. To find someone who has the exact skill set we require and the passion that Attila has for the role is fantastic.”

Attila will now be working on developing Inspiringskills.com, a not-for-profit web application.  The application matches schools and colleges with businesses by creating engagement between them and enabling young people to improve and demonstrate they have work-ready skills. He will also work on Squirrelit, an application for young people that allows them to record and store academic achievements alongside practical examples of softer skills, to help improve their employability. 

Attila said: “I am so grateful that I had the opportunity through WDH to find exactly what I wanted to do in life. They helped me to find a career and not just a job. It feels fantastic to be moving upwards.

“I feel like I have come full circle as the project I am working on allows young people to find employment, which I feel really passionate about after my own experiences.”

 

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