What has Bacar Si been up to this week?
I like to get to work early on Monday mornings – flexi-time means that an early start also means an early finish! And I’m more productive in the mornings.
My role at PECT is to assist with the Warm Homes project which helps people in Peterborough reduce their bills by being energy smart. Part of this involves visiting people in their homes to provide advice on how to use less energy. We also leave people with a pack with information on reducing gas and electricity bills, and items like energy saving light bulbs, shower timers, and thermostats.
I catch up on e-mails before preparing everything we need for our Warm Homes visits today. I’m out of the office all day visiting people in Paston.
Each Warm Home visit takes the household through a questionnaire. This helps us pinpoint areas where they could save money. For example, on a visit yesterday we discovered that one family always fill the kettle up to the maximum amount just to make a single cup of tea! This is a huge waste of energy which is bad for the environment and also just money down the drain.
By suggesting simple changes to the way people live there are huge environmental and financial savings to be made. Many people just do certain things out of habit without even thinking. It’s my job to help them develop more energy smart habits.
I spend Tuesday compiling the data from the questionnaire so the results are in a useful format. We phone everyone who received a visit three months later to see what changes they have made, and compare it against the original information in the questionnaire.
Much of today is taken up with a training course on assertive communications. My role at PECT was one of the 167 created in Peterborough as part of the Future Jobs Fund. This government scheme aims to get unemployed young people aged 18-24 who have been on Jobs Seekers Allowance for between 26-50 weeks back into work. Training is a priority for everyone taking part in the sixmonth scheme to ensure when we leave our positions we have the skills needed to go on and get a job.
For many people it is difficult to find work at the moment. And for a young person with limited experience it can be quite crushing going to interview after interview and never getting anywhere. The Future Jobs Fund gives you a chance to get your foot on the career ladder and gain invaluable experience.
Blogging and tweeting are new things for me! Just two of the new skills I’ve picked up since my time at PECT! I write a blog for the PECT website (www.pect.org.uk) and for the Future Jobs Fund blog (http://futurejobsfund.blogspot.com). I then tweet with a link directing
The week has flown by. I am really enjoying working at PECT and am grateful for the experience and all the new skills I’m picking up. After this six-month placement I feel that I’ll be in a much better position to get a job.
I have built up some time off in lieu because I helped out at the Green Festival launch on Saturday, May 29, so I’m only working half a day today. I spend it doing a stock take of our energy saving materials which go in the packs and place an order for some items we’re running low on.
A quick team meeting gives me the chance to update my colleagues about the work I’ve been doing. I finish my (short) day with some follow-up phone calls to people we’ve visited.
One man has made huge changes – his habit of leaving the heating on full all day and opening the windows if he got hot was great for his neighbours in the flats above who never had to put their heating on, but awful for the environment and for his pocket! It’s nice to know the work I’m doing really is making a difference.