JETS powers tenants into jobs as Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA) sees its employment support scheme take off.
Thirty-five tenants have landed jobs following mentoring support from the scheme.
JETS (Jobs, Experience, Training and Support) was launched by CCHA to take a proactive approach in providing tenants the opportunity to get their feet on the job ladder, through intensive one-to-one mentoring support.
Almost 100 tenants have been supported in the last year by JETS mentors, with 60 training courses being completed – with a quarter of those supported lone parents.
Among them is Tracy Reynolds, a 43-year-old single mother and CCHA tenant for 11 years referred to JETS by her housing officer.
JETS boosted the resources and support she needed to gain her Security Industry Authority (SIA) training and licence.
“(JETS) really boosted my confidence, they made me feel like I wasn’t alone and that I had finally broken through an invisible barrier that I had been facing when trying to gain the SIA licence by myself.
The scheme offers an holistic approach addressing the needs of each individual through one-to-one mentoring support from the outset.
This allows them to support the tenant’s aspirations and goals when it comes to work and a career.
The programme supports those who are unemployed, but also those who are experiencing in-work poverty.
“JETS programme has done a fantastic job in helping our tenants get the help they need to start their journey into the world of work, or those who are looking to upskill and take a new direction,” said CCHA Community and Regeneration Manager Sue Anscombe .
“The bespoke nature of the programme means that each of our tenants receives a personal development plan, which we feel gives them the boost they need to get that lightbulb moment and be able to move forward.
It’s about working together to get the best outcome, so that more of our tenants gain meaningful and sustainable employment,” she said.
Through its community benefits scheme, CCHA works with its development partners to offer apprenticeships.
Construction is a popular option for tenants looking to get into employment and learn a trade, which can then be accessed through the JETS programme.
CCHA also runs pre-employment training through its Reach programme and is offering tenants and individuals in the wider community, the opportunity to receive counselling, access volunteering opportunities and increase skills, training and qualifications with one-to-one support from a dedicated mentor.
As reported by 24housing, links between social housing, employment and advancement in work are the subject of a Parliamentary inquiry starting this summer.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Employment expects the inquiry to go on into Spring 2020.
Earlier last month, a report released by the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford, said housing associations offered “vital” employment-related support, with related investment “positively affecting” employment levels.
Pictured: Tracy Reynolds (left) with mentor Sandra Perkes