We have scooped a top national housing award after helping more than 80 of our tenants take a big step back into work through our Learning, Employment and Achievement Programme (LEAP).
LEAP is an apprenticeship project that we launched last year, to help tackle long term unemployment among council tenants, leaseholders and their family members living in Wolverhampton.
It offers genuine work experience, training and qualification opportunities with the chance of taking up paid apprenticeships and access to paid full-time jobs.
Since its launch in September 2012, LEAP has taken 80 tenants under its wings. Of these, 15 have gone on to secure 12 month-paid apprenticeships and six have secured full-time jobs.
The programme won Project of the Year at the InMotion housing sector insight event, on Tuesday (16 April).
One of our tenants who has reaped the benefits of the LEAP programme is Michelle Sawyer from Bilston, who joined LEAP in September 2012 and has since gone on to secure an apprentice position with us as an administrative assistant.
Michelle said: “I had left school without any qualifications; I had never worked and spent years raising my children. I felt unworthy of employment.
“LEAP has been a fantastic journey and has given me life changing opportunities. It’s given me the self-belief and confidence to aim high and achieve things I would never have dreamed possible.
“I framed my first pay slip and it’s a matter of pride knowing that I can now pay my own rent”.
To find out more about LEAP and how you can get involved visit our LEAP webpage.
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