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Housing partners open door to career development

Posted by The Editor at Monday, July 13, 2009

(EDOs-Manjit Sehman, kim bairstow, Tahmina Choudhury and Ams Basra)

Five midlands-based housing associations have created a pioneering partnership offering information, advice and support for people in the midlands who are keen to develop their careers.

The Open Door initiative, funded by the Learning & Skills Council, has been launched by Black Country Housing Group, Mercian Housing Association, Castle Vale Community Housing, Family Housing Association and Midland Heart.

The scheme will operate across the Black Country, Birmingham and Coventry, helping people to find more rewarding work, overcome obstacles in their chosen career path, or simply improve reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Employment and Development Officers work with clients to develop individual career plans, access skills training, gain new qualifications, and overcome barriers to employment including childcare, housing and health.

Manny Jaspal, Employment and Development Officer for Open Door, said: “Open Door has been created to ease the pressure of unemployment, job dissatisfaction and lack of training.

“We want all individuals that come to us to achieve their full potential by enhancing their CV and talking them through their goals and aspirations.”

It is expected the partnership will support 500 people every year, whatever their circumstances or needs, ensuring a positive outcome for all.

Jasone Adonegui-Richards, Head of Community Regeneration at Black Country Housing Group, said: “Working together through strong partnership and commitment, we will ensure that individuals can quickly access a wide range of advisory services.

“People may be unemployed, already have a job, or looking to return to work after having children. Advice is now at hand if you are a single parent, carer,
school-leaver, disabled or an ex-offender. We can help anyone.

“Open Door will provide a life-changing service through mentoring and tailored training programmes.”

The project benefits from partnerships including Primary Care Trust, Victim Support, MIND, PHAB, Aquarius, Relate, Connexions among others.

For more information, please call 0333 456 0203 or email info@opendoorjourney.com.

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