An award-winning skills programme has empowered over 350 people from communities across the North West to build a career in the construction industry.
The scheme provides opportunities for local, long-term unemployed residents to get themselves back into employment – and guarantees that for every £1 million spent on building or improving our homes, a new job is created for a local person.
A partnership between local contractors and ForViva Group members ForWorks and City West Housing Trust, the scheme empowers residents to find training and apprenticeship opportunities on projects that sees them helping to regenerate communities close to home.
Stephen Bowden, 18, from Eccles was the 250th person to enrol on the Skills Programme after leaving school with only a handful of qualifications.
Stephen is now looking forward to a much brighter future with contractor Emmanuel Whittaker and is completing an apprenticeship in floor laying.
Stephen said: “This apprenticeship is just what I needed. Learning in the classroom didn't work out for me, but now I feel I have direction and something to aim for.
“I would advise anyone in the area who is struggling to find work to consider joining City West’s Skills Programme. I was really keen to pursue a career in floor laying and securing my apprenticeship has put me on the right path to achieve my aspirations.”