Leading Midlands landlord whg has scooped a national award in recognition of its work to help more than 1000 local people improve their skills and gain employment.
The Walsall-based housing association picked up the Resident Employment and Training Award at the UK Housing Awards, which were held in London on May 1.
The UK Housing Awards, run by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), are the largest and longest-running awards in the sector and are now in their third decade.
whg impressed judges with its work to help more than 1,200 customers improve their job prospects in the last year.
It was its network of Community Champions that really caught the judges’ eyes. Community Champions, who have been recruited from local neighbourhoods, and are whg customers themselves, support customers and get them work ready through a range of informal fun workshops and training courses.
Customers have also benefited from courses funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery. This includes the Black Country Click Start programme, which focuses on increasing people’s financial and digital skills and has engaged more than 700 people so far.
whg’s Chief Executive, Gary Fulford said: “We have a clear ambition to support our customers to lead happy and fulfilled lives, and recognise that breaking down the barriers to employment is essential to help us do that.
“I’m delighted that we have won this award, which is testament to all the hard work put in by our employment and training team. We are now continuing to build on this success with a whole range of new initiatives that deliver employment support in the heart of local communities. These include a women into construction pilot, and a new “My whg digital skills” course in partnership with Walsall College.”
In March this year whg was announced as a Walsall Works Gold Partner for the second year running, in recognition of the contribution it makes in prosperity for residents and stimulating growth in the local economy.
To find out more about training and support available contact the Employment and Training Team on 0300 555 6666.