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Housing works for young people

Housing works for young people

Students at a Calderdale school felt the heat of the job market in March when they attended careers fair and got to have a go at welding.

The activity, which was part of a wider career fair at The Park Lane Learning trust near Siddal, was organised by Pennine Housing, part of the Together Housing Group, to promote the opportunities available to young people from a career in housing.  The housing association, who will be known as Together Housing from April, joined a range of local employers, colleges, universities and training providers to help students plan for the future.  Gas repairs staff brought a boiler and welding kit, while ICT technicians opened up the latest technology to let young people have a go and see what skill paths they would like to follow.

George Paterson, Group Director of Assets at Together Housing Group, said the day had opened up opportunities to students: “Before the day, many of the young people hadn’t thought about housing, but by having a go at some of the skills available, they were excited and six students have signed up to come to us for work experience.”

Michelle Hogan, Head of Careers & Business Enterprise at Park Lane Learning Trust, added: “We strive to prepare young people for the future and enabling them to see progression and employment opportunities early on is key to our vision.

“Working with local employers like Together Housing Group to explore opportunities in our area is an important partnership.”

Anyone wanting to know more about the opportunities on offer at Together Housing Group can find out at /careers/.

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Kevin does public relations and digital inclusion work across Together Housing Group.