Learning academy will open doors for people in Stafford
A LEARNING academy is opening doors to a wide range of employment opportunities and training for the people of Stafford.
The project, run by Stafford and Rural Homes, offers work experience, apprenticeships, voluntary work, industrial placements and free learning.
Jo Hough, Head of Human Resources at SARH, said: “Our learning academy is all about creating opportunities for local people to maximise their potential. This also helps to boost the local economy which is particularly important in the current economic climate.”
As part of the scheme SARH is providing work placements for students from Weston Road High School, Blessed William Howard School, Sir Graham Balfour School, Walton High School and King Edwards High School.
SARH is also nurturing the next generation of plumbers, electricians and builders through an apprenticeship scheme run in partnership with Stafford College.
The scheme gives the apprentices the chance to train and become a fully qualified apprentice in their relevant trade as well as gaining valuable practical experience.
In addition to this scheme SARH has linked up with Staffordshire University to offer 12-month industrial placements for Housing Studies students. The placements will offer students the chance to gain hands on experience in key areas of business within a housing organisation.
SARH gives customers the chance to work for the organisation on a voluntary basis, through its own customer volunteer programme and by supporting the Prince’s Trust scheme.
A customer learning programme also provides free courses throughout the year ranging from improving IT skills and mastering EBAY to DIY and photography.
“As the largest housing association in the Stafford Borough it is important that we support local people to get into work or develop the necessary skills to progress their career because stable employment is crucial to having a happy and secure home,” said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH.