Works4You Carl Stainton

Local Apprentices Supported into Sustainable Training and Employment

Two West Cumbrian apprentices have achieved a Level 2 NVQ qualification in Amenity, Horticulture and Landscaping, under a scheme run by social enterprise, Works4You.

Dale Quinn, 23, from Whitehaven and Carl Stainton, 25, from Egremont are the first two candidates to complete the course.

The enterprise, which is supported by social housing procurement consortium, Cumbria Housing Partners, was set up to give people furthest from the labour market the opportunity to gain training, qualifications and long-term employment opportunities.

During the programme, apprentices have the chance to work on maintenance, fencing and landscaping projects to develop their skills, as well as complete a City and Guilds NVQ qualification at Lakes College in Workington, Cumbria. Following completion of the course, the apprentices are also supported into employment.

Commenting on the scheme, Carl Stainton said: “The support we’ve received through the scheme has been fantastic and it’s been a brilliant introduction to working life. The course has taught me many new skills that I need to succeed in this career and I look forward to putting what I’ve learnt into practice.”

As part of its commitment to supporting enterprises in the local area, Cumbria Housing Partners has been working with Works4You, by providing business development advice and helping it to secure vital funding.

To ensure a consistent stream of work and training opportunities are available for the apprentices on the scheme, the consortium is working closely with its registered housing providers and contractors from across the region to identify suitable opportunities and secure work contracts.

To date, Works4You has secured grounds maintenance and fencing work for the trainees roles from the consortium’s landlords Home Group, Impact Housing Association and local landlord, Westfield Housing Association.

“We want to do all we can to provide training and employment for individuals who otherwise might not be able to gain entry into the labour market, and supporting schemes like Works4You is a great way to do this, said Lesley Dixon, project manager at Cumbria Housing Partners. “Through the work contracts we’ve been able to secure with our members, we’ve been able to ensure Works4You is self-sufficient and fully sustainable so it doesn’t have to rely on grant funding anymore.”

Recognising this achievement, Works4You was recently crowned ‘Cumbria Social Enterprise of the Year’ for its success in growing its order book and increasing its turnover without grant support.

As well as working with housing providers to reinvest a proportion of the savings made by the consortium back into the community, helping to create local jobs and encourage regeneration, Cumbria Housing Partners also guarantees that for every £1m spent with one of its contractors, a minimum of two local people are given a chance to gain sustainable employment.

For more information on Works for You, please email enquiries@works4youltd.co.uk