Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sweeping Success for Housing Group's Cleaning Academy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sweeping Success for Housing Group's Cleaning Academy

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HELPING people in the local communities with education and training opportunities is extremely important to Coast & Country.

By investing in those living in our neighbourhoods and supporting them to learn, develop and grow we can create stronger communities for the future.

Coast & Country's Journey into Work initiative forms part of this approach.

Journey into Work describes a package of measures that Coast & Country have developed to help people find work, volunteering or training opportunities; aiming to provide the people living in our communities with the education, skills and knowledge to help them secure successful futures.

The most recent Journey into Work project saw Coast & Country delivering their first in-house training academy.

The Cleaning Academy gave 13 unemployed learners the chance to complete a three-week accredited course and gain a NCFE (Northern Council for Further Education) Level 2 Principles in Cleaning qualification. The course was funded by North East Procurement and the European Social Fund, and included both practical work and classroom based learning, which gave learners a true experiential and meaningful experience. All 13 learners successfully passed the course and went on to complete application forms for cleaning operative paid work placements with Coast & Country, of which a fantastic five were successful in securing placements.

One of the successful applicants was Kelly Limon, 33, from Easington.

Kelly said: "It was one of the best experiences I've had, it's just been fantastic. I've met some of the most genuine, honest and helpful people through the Cleaning Academy and gained so many new skills.

"The staff at Coast & Country were great, they helped us all every step of the way, made us feel supported and part of the team, and helped us on the path to securing a job.

"I've gained a placement from this and I know that now I've got the skills, the knowledge and the confidence I have everything I need to get me the job I want."

Lynne Henderson, 61, from Teesville was also successful in gaining a work placement with Coast & Country and has since gone on to secure a permanent position cleaning for a local pharmacy and has gained so much more than education and training, she benefited personally, professionally and socially. …

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