Why Bromford works for young recruits… and they work for us
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Bromford is helping people in Gloucestershire to break into the world of work with a win-win mixture of apprenticeships and other job-related schemes.
Two recruits have joined the social landlord's Cirencester-based repairs and maintenance teams as full-time apprentices - and two are on six-month paid placements with Bromford Living's neighbourhood team as part of a Future Jobs Fund scheme for young jobseekers.
More apprenticeships and placements - 30 a year across the group- are promised to boost job, training and learning prospects for tenants and other people in Bromford neighbourhoods.
For Future Jobs Fund joiners like 19-year-old Jolene Fahy, of Stroud, and Lois Thompson, of Gloucester, it's a golden opportunity at a time when jobs - especially for young people - are in short supply.
Lois, who lives in Bromford supported housing, is confident that the experience will help her to make a better life for her and four-year-old daughter, Tiarna.
"This role means a whole lot to me as it is giving me the experience to work towards a good career for me and my daughter to live a stable life," says Lois, 22, who found out about the Future Jobs Fund vacancies through Kealey Broddle, business manager at Bromford Support.
"Looking for work at the moment is really tough. I applied for around 30 jobs and had no replies at all. Everywhere wants you to have experience but how do you get experience when no-one gives you the chance to gain any?"
Lois and Jolene hope the placements will help them to land full-time jobs with Bromford, which owns and manages about 7,000 homes in Gloucestershire.
Jolene says: "I was so excited when I was offered one of the roles. This is an excellent chance for me to learn new skills and gain workplace experience I can use now and in the future.
"The most rewarding part of working for Bromford has been helping the customers with any problems. I have done a lot -everything from logging repairs to learning how tenancy agreements work and how the different teams work together."
The Future Jobs Fund recruits have impressed Bromford Living office manager Julie Lewis in the short time they have been working together at Cirencester Office Park.
"Lois and Jolene are a real breath of fresh air - their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn is great to see and their ability to quickly absorb organisational information and IT systems is so refreshing, " says Julie. "They are a pleasure to work with and have great attitudes which will hopefully lead them both into permanent employment when their placements finish in July."
The two Cirencester-based apprentices are 19-year-old James Sesay, who works for Dave Bridgford's repairs and maintenance team, and 32-year-old Steve Mustoe, who works for Ian Williamson's landscaping team.