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Futureversity celebrates 15th Job Ready with Network Housing Group

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17 December 2012
Futureversity celebrates 15th Job Ready with Network Housing Group

On 13 December, 15 young people graduated from Futureversity’s 15th Job Ready Programme in partnership with leading housing organisation, Network Housing Group.

The celebration was held in the company’s Head Office in Brent and attended by its staff volunteers who supported the programme. Moving speeches were given by the young people describing what they had learnt from the 11-week employability programme, which combines practical job-seeking support with a two-week work experience placement in the partner company.

Ola, 20, from Dagenham, who plays football with Manchester International Football Academy (MIFA), said: I joined Job Ready because I wanted to have something to fall back on in case the football doesn’t work out. I thought I should try to get a job and have something to put on my CV, but I didn’t know where to start. Job Ready has been absolutely fantastic. They showed me how to sell myself and how to show that I have transferable skills. On the work placement I learnt a bit about surveying and really loved it. The whole experience has really opened my eyes.’

Futureversity has delivered Job Ready, which is for young people who are not in education, employment or training, with a whole range of partners, from Barclays to National Express. Futureversity and Network Housing Group formed a partnership in 2008 and the housing provider is now Futureversity’s longest-standing Job Ready partner, having funded 15 programmes and delivered two with Futureversity.

Maxine Husbands, Community Engagement & Investment Officer at Network Housing Group, who volunteered her time to help train the young people and help them with their CVs, said: ‘I think it’s such a worthwhile project. It’s a wonderful way for Network Housing Group to get out into the community and really support everyone, not just our residents, but the wider community too. Young people sometimes get a bad press and I know the majority really do want to work. It’s been great for me to see that close up. What Futureversity does is brilliant and I’ve really enjoyed being part of it.’

Mary Whitefield, Director of Supported Housing & New Business at Willow Housing and Care, said: ‘Network Housing Group focuses on social value and Job Ready is a way for us to express that commitment to the community. But it’s not all about philanthropy; there is some self interest. The staff get a huge amount out of supporting the young people and Job Ready gives us a pool of potential young employees, resulting in actual people getting actual jobs in our organisation.’

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