Back to work initiatives

HMS is proud to support communities across the North West by providing a range of opportunities aiming to get people back into work. Initiatives include Volunteers into Placement (VIP) and Give us a Chance (GUAC), which particularly focus on customers in the neighbourhoods in which we work.

Recently, we have supported the ILM Access to Work Programme and have just recruited our fifth placement. Placements last for six months and are aimed at 16-29 year olds who are not in any form of education, training or employment. Initially aimed at Liverpool Residents, successful candidates have been recruited across the Group from such areas as retail, media, hospitality and construction.

Participants are recruited into placements that have real potential for permanent employment at the end of six months and each one is mentored through their entire journey.

HMS’s first ILM placement was George Turner, who joined us in 2016 as a General Construction Operative (GCO) in the Empty Homes Refurbishment team. George undertook funded driving lessons (from LMH) as part of his training and, having passed his test, has proved a real asset to the team. He has been rewarded with a permanent contract and hopes to continue his training to become a skilled operative.

Following George was Matthew Clarkin (pictured), who started his placement in the HMS Warehouse in October 2016. Matthew was unemployed and had struggled to overcome obstacles to employment. He immediately took to the role and has become an integral member of the team. Matthew commenced permanent employment with us earlier this month and hopes to develop his role further upon attainment of his driving licence.

Two further placements joined the Planned maintenance teams in late 2016 and we have just recruited Michael Doyle to take on George’s former role in the Empty Homes  team.

Kate Shone, Managing Director from ComMutual, who manage the programme, said, “Access To Work is a great programme which enables people to learn new skills and enhance their employment prospects with the end goal of securing a job. HMS have been a fantastic support for the programme by offering training placements and helping participants to gain employment”.

HMS Managing Director Paul Worthington added, “Fulfilling our recruitment and succession strategy by employing team members from the neighbourhoods where we work makes good business sense. The individuals who have joined the team have made a really positive impact to our culture.”

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