Hous­ing project helps un­em­ployed

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

A hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion is work­ing to make sure lo­cal con­struc­tion projects cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

King­dom Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has been of­fer­ing train­ing to un­em­ployed peo­ple through its con­struc­tion acad­emy, and has seen 10 peo­ple from Perth be­ing trained up and of­fered work place­ments and given fi­nan­cial help to buy work clothes.

The acad­emy has been able to re­cruit two un­em­ployed peo­ple to its con­struc­tion site in Bridge of Earn, where it is cur­rently build­ing 20 new af­ford­able homes on be­half of Fair­field Hous­ing Co­op­er­a­tive.

And af­ter a suc­cess­ful work place­ment with the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, Garry Gan­non was of­fered a labour­ing po­si­tion with Ogilvie Homes.

Garry said: “I am grate­ful for be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to put the new skills I have learned at the acad­emy into prac­tice and very happy to be work­ing for Ogilvie Homes.”

Bill Banks, chief ex­ec­u­tive of King­dom group, also said: “We have been suc­cess­fully op­er­at­ing our em­ploy­a­bil­ity project in Fife for 10 years, how­ever fund­ing con­straints pre­vented us from ex­pand­ing our em­ploy­ment and train­ing ini­tia­tives into other ar­eas.

“I’m de­lighted that we have now se­cured fund­ing as­sis­tance from the Scot­tish Govern­ment which al­lows us to de­liver en­hanced com­mu­nity ben­e­fits as part of our new sup­ply in­vest­ment pro­gramme in Perth.

“We are op­er­at­ing a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme and in­vest­ment in new homes pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to de­liver added value through train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“How­ever, this is only pos­si­ble where oth­ers share our com­mu­nity ben­e­fit ob­jec­tives.

“I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank Ogilvie Homes, Fair­field Hous­ing Co­op­er­a­tive, the depart­ment of work and pen­sions, Low­land Train­ing, Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil, the Scot­tish Govern­ment and the other part­ners who have sup­ported us with the ini­tia­tive as part of the Bridge of Earn project.”

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