We're celebrating a job well done with our new ILM Trainees, after 12 young people were accepted onto the six-month ILM Access to Work Programme.
As an organisation, we are dedicated to supporting employment opportunities for young people in our communities and we are supporting 12 young people, aged 15 - 24, on a training placement to gain experience across a variety of trades including electrical joinery, groundswork and decorating.
Working closely with experienced tradespeople, each Trainee has been placed with a ‘buddy’ to support them throughout their time with HMS so they are able to gain an accurate insight into the skills needed to go on to have a successful career in the construction, repairs and maintenance sector.
Discussing the programme, Managing Director at HMS, Paul Worthington, said: “As a former apprentice myself, I understand the importance of programmes such as these which gives people the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of a chosen trade.
“With the Coronavirus pandemic affecting training and employment opportunities for young people the most, it is imperative that employers support programmes like this and give young people a leg up on the career ladder.
“I am continuously impressed with the calibre of Trainee’s we are lucky enough to work with and each of the 12 ILM Trainees are enthusiastic, committed and dedicated to the programme, being consistently punctual and polite to the team and our customers.
“As staunch supporters of Apprenticeship and Training Programmes like this, we will continue working with partners like Torus Foundation to ensure these opportunities are always available for the people who need and want them.”
With electrical qualifications already under his belt, trainee Paddy signed up to the programme to gain experience and enhance his skills. Paddy comments: “I’ve felt trusted and respected while carrying out a variety of tasks with the team. It’s a great opportunity and the ultimate goal is to use this experience to gain full time work.”
As the charitable arm of growth and regeneration group, Torus, Torus Foundation works to improve the wellbeing, skills and overall quality of life of the people living in their communities.
Torus Foundation’s Managing Director, Kate Shone, explains: “Through our wide-ranging employment and training offer, we’re delighted to have secured meaningful placements with key partners such as HMS. As part of the current programme, Torus Foundation is also funding eligible candidates with a set of driving lessons and together, we’re helping young people gain the skills and access the tools needed to take those steps closer to employment.
“Torus Foundation is embarking on supporting more young people into work, by becoming a gateway organisation for the Government Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month jobs for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit. We’ll be working with employers of all sizes, who can create quality jobs for young people and who will have access to a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity through the local job centre.”
Head to www.torusfoundation.org.uk for further information.
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The ILM roles are subsidised by the Access to Work Programme, which is funded by the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative.