JETS helps sustain people in employment
Unemployed lone parent, Jasmine, had engaged with the Welsh Government Lift programme and gained support, advice and guidance from a Lift Mentor in 2017. Jasmine wanted to work within construction and completed a Level 1 course in Health & Safety in a construction environment, followed by a CSCS card test which enabled her to work on a construction site. The Lift programme provided funding for childcare for Jasmine to complete the training and subsequent work placement. Jasmine then completed an unpaid 2 week work placement on site as a gates person and labourer, where she was able to gain valuable experience and the employer was able to assess her work ethic, commitment, abilities and behaviours on site. Through Jasmines dedication and hard work the opportunity became a full-time paid position. As a result Jasmine was able to buy a car, to get back and forth to work and enjoy time off with her children. However, entering employment for the first time or after a long time, is a difficult transition for many, including Jasmine.
Whilst Jasmine was employed she was now experiencing financial hardship (in-work poverty). The childcare provider was no longer able to provide childcare, resulting in Jasmine struggling to manage working and childcare responsibilities. The Lift programme ended on 31st March 2018, so Jasmine was now unsure of where to go for help and support to deal with this situation.
CCHA works closely with its contractors and they informed the JETS team of the situation. A JETS Mentor was able to assist with sourcing a new childcare provider and used the barrier fund to pay for the necessary training for Jasmine to upskill, increasing her earning potential and adding value to her CV for future sustainability of work. Jasmine now has the potential to double her hourly earning capacity and is being upskilled further by her employer to complete a Crane Operators licence.
Jasmine said that she was relieved when JETS stepped in as she was on the brink of giving up work! But with JETS Mentoring support she is now looking forward to staying in work and gaining all of the necessary training and licences to work on a construction site from the beginning of a project to completion.
Please note that we have used a different name to protect the anonymity of the tenant.
Keane Group work with JETS programme to provide jobs as Asbestos Removal Operatives
In March 2018, we were approached by Glyn from The Keane Group training who wanted to work with our JETS Programme to provide jobs as Asbestos Removal Operatives.
The package on offer included;
- 3 x day Asbestos Removal Operative course. Modules 1-18 & 24-27 In accordance with HSG247 Chapter 4 and the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
- Full face / half face masks
- Face Fits for both masks
- Mask test for full face mask
- Asbestos Medical
- CSCS test + red trainee card
- PPE + Tools for Asbestos Removal work
On passing and completion of the above each person is offered guaranteed work for a minimum of 5 days per week and a starting wage of £12.50 an hour.
With 19 jobs being guaranteed we knew that JETS alone could not fill the requirements of the employer and set about working with our partner organisations and employability programmes in Cardiff to seek a joint funded project. We also used our contractor – JEHU to help us promote the opportunity and a combined effort saw a huge interest in our initiative on Facebook and Twitter.
By coordinating and collaborating with other RSL’s and Job Centre Plus we were able to secure 16 funded places via Job Centre Plus, 1 from Wales and West and the 2 from our JETS barrier fund.
Glyn and I attended job centre on Friday 27th April and conducted 21 interviews. 19 of which were successful.
Today, Friday 4th May, all 19 customers attended the session at CMC@Loudoun and now all will return to start their courses spread out over the next month. All of the courses will be held at CMC@Loudoun