A successful scheme to help unemployed St. Leger Homes’ tenants back into work has won a prestigious Doncaster Chamber Award.
The Chamber’s trophy for Excellence in Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility was presented to St. Leger Homes for its World of Work
Academy at the annual business awards this month.
The project was launched in January 2014 and has helped long-term unemployed people to find jobs, changing the lives of individuals and creating more income which can be spent at Doncaster businesses.
St. Leger Homes set up the scheme with the support of Doncaster College, Jobcentre Plus and a range of businesses and voluntary organisations. It helps people increase their success in job applications by offering them experience within modern workplaces combined with the support of staff mentors. Trainees also take part in college-based courses which include help with job-search and interview techniques.
Organisations that offer work placements have found it a valuable way of recruiting staff who have already proved their suitability during the work placement. They also benefit from the support of St. Leger Homes throughout the process.
Chief Executive of St. Leger Homes, Susan Jordan, said: “This award is a real credit to everyone who has made World of Work such a success. I hope this award will encourage other Doncaster-based organisations to join us so that we can offer even more opportunities to local people. ”
Doncaster Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Christine Mills, added: “It is a great credit to St. Leger Homes that it has used existing resources to help people learn new skills and gain the confidence which has helped them to move back into work.”
The St. Leger Homes World of Work Academy is open to its tenants and members of their families who have been unemployed for six months or more.
For details of how to get involved with the project or apply to become a trainee tel: 01302 734276 or visit www.stlegerhomes/worldofwork.