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Team of the Year Award

Posted By Radian: Employment, Support and Training Team, 09 July 2017
Updated: 07 July 2017

Award Success For Radian’s Employment, Support And Training Team

The IEP and Empowering-Communities sponsored the 'Team of the Year Award' at this year's ERSA Employability Awards and are proud to announce that the award went to Radian's Employment, Support and Training team (EST.

The award recognises how the team demonstrate “outstanding commitment in meeting and exceeding the delivery aims of an employment provider”.

Although Radian is primarily a housing provider and housebuilder, the EST team have considerable experience in delivering employment and training initiatives for their residents and local communities.

Radian’s EST team, formed back in 2012, work with residents who are looking to get into employment by offering a range of practical help and advice, along with tailored training programmes that can help boost self esteem and confidence. Just some of the achievements the team have had to date include:

  • Being able to support 550 residents into employment.
  • Getting over 1,675 residents into training and support opportunities.
  • Offering 40 work programme placements, open to long term unemployed people aged 18-24. 34 young people achieved employment at the end of the programme.
  • Offering over 150 training courses, including numeracy/literacy, ESOL, CSCS, SIA training and employability courses for those furthest away from being ready for work.
  • Offering work experience opportunities within Radian’s offices.
  • Mentoring opportunities for Radian residents.
  • Over 2,800 hours of volunteer support offered.
  • Over 900 CVs produced. 

One of Radian’s most recent projects has involved working with partners in the creation of new employment and skills opportunities on its development at Quebec Park, Bordon. Eleven local residents have been trained in basic construction skills and have gained their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards. Seven of these residents have now secured employment with the industry.

A significant element of their employment and skills initiative at Quebec Park is implementing construction curriculum support activities. So far, we have hosted two visits from local schools which enabled students undertaking construction exams to experience the workings of a construction site first hand. In June, students from Mill Chase Academy joined Radian and Drew Smith at Quebec Park for a construction competition. Pupils were challenged to make a planter from recycled materials provided by Radian and Drew Smith, and their finished products will be placed at the Quebec Park development outside of the café area. The winner was rewarded with a mountain bike and a start up toolkit to support them in the beginning of their construction career.

The team are working towards some interesting projects over the coming months, including working with people with multiple barriers to employment in the areas of East Hampshire, the New Forest and Winchester. This is being made possible by funding that has been secured via the Big Lottery Fund project “Building Better Opportunities”. As well as this, the team are developing plans to compliment their self employment training programme, providing a multi occupancy building for business start ups that will create a “one stop shop” where those on the programme can sell their goods and services, as well as receive the training and support they require.

Chris Adams, Employment and Training Manager, said: “The award is fantastic recognition of the work that the whole team do in supporting residents into employment and training, and I’m immensely proud that we have been recognised for our work. We have some exciting plans in the pipeline that we will be working on over the months to come, which will further enhance our offer to residents in getting into employment.”

The awards help showcase and champion best practice from across the employment support sector, helping to celebrate and recognise the hard work and achievements of those involved in supporting people into work. For more information about the awards, visit http://ersa.org.uk/events/awards2017

If you would like to find out more about the EST team, please call 0800 422 0570 or email estsupport@radian.co.uk.

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