LEAP Success Stories
We have a range of programmes to help tenants and their families get into work, through work related skills, training and experience. LEAP is just one of those programmes and has:
- delivered more than 500 training sessions
- helped over 53 tenants get temporary or permanent employment
- given more than 75 tenants 12 month apprenticeships
- given over 140 tenants eight week work placements.
Here are the stories of just some of our successful LEAPers:
“After being out of work for years due to being a single mom I was happy to get back into work through LEAP. I met some wonderful people who guided me through the placement and I’m now a Skills Development Advisor. I learnt many new computer skills, and developed self-worth and confidence. I am where I am now because people believed in me and I shall always be grateful for that. I feel proud to work for Wolverhampton Homes, and of the role I play here.”
“LEAP has made me more confident as a person and made me aware of the skills I have gained from recent experiences. Before Leap I was very down and unable to look to the future, now I’m 3 months into my apprentice and loving every minute of it. It has also given me structure and routine to my life and has opened so many doors for me to progress in the future.”
“LEAP has been absolutely fantastic, I learnt a lot becoming an electrical apprentice, and I'm now on my third year. Problem solving, planning and organising as well as developing a number of practical skills. Before I had worked at Amazon as well as volunteering, LEAP has taught me so much and I made friends in the process!”
Chen was nominated for the 2016 Women In Housing Awards, for the Best Female Apprentice/Trainee Award
“I left the Royal Navy and was doing bar work when I began LEAP, and learnt various new skills. It gave me a chance to become an apprentice, something that would have not have been usually open to me at my age. I am on my way to becoming a fully qualified tradesman thanks to LEAP.”
“After being unemployed for several months I took part in LEAP, and learned valuable skills as a driver’s mate, learnt about materials and computer systems. That helped me to get back into work, and now I work for Travis Perkins.”
"I was unemployed for quite a while after I graduated from university in 2012. I joined LEAP and after my work experience I got an apprenticeship as an admin assistant. I’ve now got a permanent job as a Community Impact Officer which is great. I support tenants in areas to help improve neighbourhoods. I never in my wildest dreams imagined working for an organisation this big, coming straight from university and without any experience in Social Housing. LEAP has made this possible and my dreams have now become a reality, where the sky is the limit."
Shadrack won Apprentice of the Year in the NFA Awards 2014.
“After finishing a one year contract with a retail store, I was unemployed. I started LEAP and learned all about housing, gaining confidence and knowledge while being able to prove I was capable and hardworking. My time on LEAP was very helpful in getting me qualified for my current job as an admin assistant with the planners in the repairs team.”
“Before LEAP I had been working in a warehouse, I was very happy to be accepted on to LEAP and have learnt many new skills, such as solving problems and communication skills. I now work as a trade support worker for the asbestos team and have made many good friends on LEAP.”
"I spent many years raising my children and didn’t get any qualifications at school, because of this I had never worked. The fact that I had never worked made me feel unworthy of employment and my confidence was at rock bottom. I started a LEAP apprenticeship as an Administrative Assistant and now I’ve got a permanent admin job at Wolverhampton Homes. This shows that it’s never too late start. There is so much you can do when you have knowledge."
Michelle won West Midlands Intermediate Apprentice of the year at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013.
Watch Michelle's story.
“After studying full time at Wolverhampton College I took part in the LEAP programme. It helped me to learn how to deal with customers, work in a team and gave me the confidence and drive to succeed. I then became an anti-social behaviour assistant and have come so far since completing LEAP. I would even say it changed my life!"
"After serving in the Royal Navy and working with BT Global, a family tragedy brought me back to the Midlands where I found myself unemployed at the worst possible time. I heard about LEAP which offers a real chance for people to learn new skills and help them to get back into the world of work, in some cases for the first time. LEAP gave me a chance to show what skills I had and how much of an asset I could be to the company and I’ve now got a permanent job as Digital Inclusion Officer with the ICT team. I’m not sure what road my life would have been on without Wolverhampton Homes, but thanks to them I have new goals and chance to have a brighter future."
Adam won Most Outstanding Resident with his partner Dan at the NFA Awards in 2013.
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:14