Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, has revealed it supported 4,009 people into employment between April 2018 and 2019.
The figure, which includes 250 apprenticeships and 132 people supported to set up their own business, is a record for Clarion Futures and makes the housing association the largest provider of employment support among the G15.
Of the 4,009 people supported into work by Clarion Futures nationally in the last 12 months:
- 50% were from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds
- 81% sustained their employment for at least six months
- 25% were aged 25 or younger
Ann Tobin, 53, a Clarion Housing resident from Borehamwood, is one such beneficiary. Ann was out of work and on benefits but set up her own business following support from a Clarion Futures adviser. Her company, Village Arts, offers a range of art workshops and classes to adults and children.
Commenting on the support she has received, Ann said: “I’m an artist and have always dreamed of running my own business, sharing my passion with others.
“Thanks to the support of Clarion Futures I’ve been able to achieve this ambition and am now working with a number of schools to inspire creativity amongst their pupils as well as providing tuition to people living in the local area.”
Phil Miles, director of Clarion Futures, commented: “We are delighted that in just one year we have supported more than 4,000 people into employment.
“This makes us one of the biggest providers of employment support in the country. It is a significant achievement for us and demonstrates the difference we are making in our communities.
“Our mission is to transform lives and communities and helping people into sustainable work is one of the most powerful ways we can achieve that.”
The revelation coincides with the launch of the Give us a Chance (GUAC) Communities that Work week, which celebrates the work of the social housing sector in helping people into employment.