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Incommunities shortlisted for national employment award

Safraz found employment through the STEP Praogramme

Incommunities has been shortlisted for a prestigious UK housing award for its work helping residents into work and training.

Its employability team lead the housing group’s work to help give people a fresh start and improve their lives.

The STEP programme – part of Bradford Council’s Get Bradford Working campaign – the team work with job seekers and employers to open up exciting routes into work.

In 2018 they arranged over 150 paid work placements, many with Incommunities, and worked with scores of other local employers. They also helped 392 learners to complete employability skills courses.

In addition, colleagues run free English and Maths classes to help people build their skill levels and, in some cases, take their first steps into work. Over 130 tenants and residents have attended courses.

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities’ Group Chief Executive said: “It’s a fabulous achievement to make the shortlist and a testament to the commitment of staff and customers to build better lives.

“In many cases this involves helping people overcome personal barriers and supporting them on their journey into work or access training that will help them.

“It is another example of how Incommunities’ work goes beyond just providing homes to turning lives around. I am delighted that we have been recognised and fingers crossed for the award night!

The UK Housing Awards is supported by the Chartered Institute of Housing and is the longest running awards in the sector. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 1st May.

(Pictured, Sarfraz Gulzar who secured a job with Incommunities after attending the STEP programme.)

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