At East Thames we are committed to investing in our local community for the benefit of all residents. It’s about more than building homes and providing employment support. It’s about: making sure that the benefits of our regeneration projects reach the whole community; that we take on our own trainees when we have vacancies; and that as many people as possible benefit from our experience, resources and time.
We provide employability training and work experience
Our projects with the biggest impact are those that: help people find work; deliver training to build confidence and get people job ready; and those which give people employability skills and experience, via regular volunteering or by taking an active role in a tenant group.
Many of the participants go on to work more closely with East Thames, shaping the services we deliver to others. In 2014/15:
- 13 of our employment and training participants went on to secure permanent positions at East Thames.
- We trained 60 volunteers. 33 of these went on to volunteer in our care schemes supporting vulnerable adults or young people.
- We supported 105 of our residents to take an active role in a resident or tenant group.
We offer apprenticeships in development and construction
We also ensure that our development and regeneration work delivers social value, which is why our contracts with development partners set targets for work experience, apprenticeships and local employment. We ask our contractors, for example, to create one new apprenticeship for a local young person for every £3m we spend with them. As a result we saw a number of employment and training successes at our development sites in 2014/15:
- Our development sites employed 21 apprentices.
- 38 people gained construction qualifications.
We mentor secondary students
As part of our regeneration of the Gascoigne Estate in Barking, benefits are extending beyond the construction site and into the local secondary school, Eastbury Comprehensive, where we have offered employability support to pupils of all ages.
- 12 members of East Thames staff mentored school students.
- Staff have attended training days, provided mock interviews and supported assessment days and projects for students.
- East Thames arranged for five sixth formers to benefit from residential work experience placements in catering at the University of Cambridge.