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Manchester housing coalition secure employment contract

In an initiative that’s looking to deliver accredited employment, training and placement opportunities to the Greater Manchester region, several housing associations have secured a contract worth a minimum of £353,000.

This initiative, which has officially been named as the Skills for Employment Program, will be delivered through a supply chain that’s lead by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and funded by the Local Growth Fund and European Social Fund(ESF). To ensure everything runs smoothly, the contract will be managed by The Manchester Growth Company (MGC) on behalf of the SFA.

This unique offer has been prepared by a strategic alliance of housing providers and will be led by One Manchester, which owns and manages a total of 12,500 homes across the region. The providers involved in this program are:

o One Manchester
o Stockport Homes
o Symphony Housing
o Wigan and Leigh Homes
o Wythenshawe Community Housing Group
o One Manchester
o Bolton at Home
o First Choice Homes Oldham
o ForViva (City West Housing Trust & Villages Housing Association)
o New Charter Housing Trust
o Northwards Housing

When asked about the potential for the project, Dave Power, chief executive of One Manchester, said the contract represented an “excellent opportunity” for Manchester Athena and One Manchester, allowing them to demonstrate how effective housing associations can be. In the statement he also said:

“The work placements and skills accreditations that will take place as a result of this program will help to improve the chances of employment for more than 800 people. The wider contract of the Growth Company and other partners will reach thousands of Greater Manchester residents.  It is therefore a unique chance to really transform people’s lives and we will be working tirelessly to ensure this is the case and that the best outcomes are achieved.”

Jerry Stokes, MGC managing director for employment, said: “We’re delighted to have been successful in winning this important contract and to be working with Manchester Athena who bring a wealth of delivery experience.  We expect up to 12,000 local people in total to benefit from the support that it will provide over the next three years, and that will have a real impact on their ability to gain employment and to stay in work.”

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