Housing association helps to get Stockton people into work via the catwalk

Darlington and Stockton Times: Gemma Gilespie of Vela on the catwalk, demonstrating the right way to dress for an interview. Gemma Gilespie of Vela on the catwalk, demonstrating the right way to dress for an interview.

HOUSING association staff took to the catwalk in an attempt to help people make the step into work by modelling how to dress for job interviews.

Tristar Housing’s Pathway Advisors held the employability event to support people looking to find a job including the provision of a skills assessment, advice on interview techniques, compiling a CV, accessing training and matching up people’s abilities with appropriate careers.

As part of the event, at Stockton’s North Shore Academy, staff also gave pupils advice on how to prepare for jobs when leaving school.

Kay Glew, Head of Housing Services for Tristar, said: “Our Pathways service is aimed at giving customers the skills and confidence to search and apply for jobs, particularly those that have not worked before or have been out of the workplace for some time.”

The event, which was supported and attended by the Job Centre, Five Lamps, Connexions and other training providers, involved interactive interview support, guidance on how to search and apply for jobs.

Sixty year old Ian Nicholson said: “The event was great and was set up well, I expected to be in and out within ten minutes and I was still there an hour and half later because there was so much on offer and everyone was genuinely interested in what help I wanted.”

For further information about accessing support to get into employment, contact Vela on 0300 111 1000 or visit www.velagroup.co.uk

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2:27pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Copley23 says...

Yes - all very nice...pity they don't put as much effort into managing their houses properly.

You are a HA, remember that.
Yes - all very nice...pity they don't put as much effort into managing their houses properly. You are a HA, remember that. Copley23

3:41pm Mon 9 Dec 13

sineater says...

What's the problem with ha's,they have done everything asked of them by government,or is it that every home should be privately owned in your eyes? The government gave them scope to expand their businesses when they artificially boosted rents in the eighties to encourage people to buy their homes,you can hardly blame ha's for taking advantage,private enterprise and all that,that's the tory mantra isn't it?
What's the problem with ha's,they have done everything asked of them by government,or is it that every home should be privately owned in your eyes? The government gave them scope to expand their businesses when they artificially boosted rents in the eighties to encourage people to buy their homes,you can hardly blame ha's for taking advantage,private enterprise and all that,that's the tory mantra isn't it? sineater

6:36pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Copley23 says...

sineater wrote:
What's the problem with ha's,they have done everything asked of them by government,or is it that every home should be privately owned in your eyes? The government gave them scope to expand their businesses when they artificially boosted rents in the eighties to encourage people to buy their homes,you can hardly blame ha's for taking advantage,private enterprise and all that,that's the tory mantra isn't it?
Show me a HA with a half decent rural housing policy and I might (just might) be tempted to agree with you.
Show me a HA who has planned more than the coming financial year and I might be tempted to agree with you.
Show me a HA who hasn't piggy backed their way up the subsidy ladder and are now managing their properties appropriately and I would agree with you.
Show me a HA who has used CBL appropriately and I might be tempted to agree with you.

Otherwise, no. Most of them are incredibly badly managed, especially in rural County Durham.
[quote][p][bold]sineater[/bold] wrote: What's the problem with ha's,they have done everything asked of them by government,or is it that every home should be privately owned in your eyes? The government gave them scope to expand their businesses when they artificially boosted rents in the eighties to encourage people to buy their homes,you can hardly blame ha's for taking advantage,private enterprise and all that,that's the tory mantra isn't it?[/p][/quote]Show me a HA with a half decent rural housing policy and I might (just might) be tempted to agree with you. Show me a HA who has planned more than the coming financial year and I might be tempted to agree with you. Show me a HA who hasn't piggy backed their way up the subsidy ladder and are now managing their properties appropriately and I would agree with you. Show me a HA who has used CBL appropriately and I might be tempted to agree with you. Otherwise, no. Most of them are incredibly badly managed, especially in rural County Durham. Copley23

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