News story published on 29 October 2013
A celebration event has been held to reward two groups of unemployed people who have helped to transform Tyesdale in Bretton.
Two improvement projects have recently been undertaken in Tyesdale which has seen enhancements made to Cross Keys Homes’ Tyesdale housing scheme and its community centre.
Thanks to the help of various organisations working together including Cross Keys Homes, Mears, John Laing, The One Service, Jobcentre Plus and Groundwork Hertfordshire, the people who were involved in the two projects have been able to learn vital practical skills to help them in their search for employment or further training opportunities.
Cross Keys Homes’ Communities Programme Manager, Ruth Mingay, said: “This event gave everyone a chance to look at the work which has been carried out by those on both projects and celebrate the difference it has made to the local area.
“We hope the people involved, who haven’t already, can now go on and find employment opportunities thanks to the new practical skills they have been able to gain.”
The celebration event was held to commemorate the two group’s successes after seven participants achieved their Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) qualification and a further three have gone on to achieve jobs.
Christian Iszchak, Youth and Employment Project Assistant, at Groundwork, added: “Today’s event was really enjoyable and it was great for our volunteers to meet our partners and have their achievements recognised.
“I am delighted that seven of the participants passed their CSCS and apprenticeship test and some have already got a job as a result. This is a just reward for the work they put in.”
Project Co-ordinator, Charlie Sharpe, from John Laing added: “These projects have provided an opportunity for individuals to realign their skills and aspirations with those of the modern workplace.
“The changing appearance at Tyesdale is marked and all involved should be congratulated on their involvement, perhaps more impressive however has been the shift in attitudes and ambitions of those very individuals and I have to acknowledge the privilege of being able to witness such tangible change.”