Fairy Jobmother unveils new work and skills scheme

This week will see the unveiling of a new scheme that will help people gain the access and skills into paid employment in the housing sector in Leeds.

The Fairy Jobmother, Hayley Taylor, who has taken on the challenge of getting the unemployed of Britain back into work in a series on Channel 4, will be on hand to dispense job seeking advice and guidance to people in west Leeds as she opens West North West Works, the new sector based work academy launched by West North West Homes Leeds.

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Fairy Jobsmother Hayley Taylor and Councillor Peter Gruen will officially unveil West North West Works on Friday 23 November at 12pm at the Fairfield Community Centre. There will be an opportunity to meet job seekers involved in the project find out how people can access this new service.

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The work academy has already taken on seven Leeds people who are currently unemployed, to offer them an insight into the world of housing and hopefully set them off on a successful career path within business.

Cathy Clelland, chair of West North West Homes Leeds, said:

“Local people are feeling the squeeze in the economy. By setting up this work academy we hope to give people access to work and training, and bring on talented individuals from the communities we serve.

“The scheme has already set up successful placements in estate caretaking and business administration, and I look forward to seeing many more people go through the various schemes.”

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for neighbourhoods and housing, said:

“The new work academy offers people a real opportunity to get to grips with the housing sector and gain experience whilst on the job and training.

“Many of the people gaining placements will go on to secure permanent jobs in the housing sector. This is a practical addition to the many initiatives that are ongoing to try and reduce unemployment in the city.”

Notes to editors:

Under the West North West Works banner, the scheme is designed to provide a combination of training, work experience, with a guaranteed job interview at the end to people from the local communities in Leeds.

West North West Works has coordinated placement opportunities with the other housing organisations and Leeds City Council to maximise the experience, and worked with Leeds City College to provide support in completing job applications and customer service skills.


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