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Housing group Aspire pledges jobs

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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A housing group has pledged a five year job and training initiative.

All customers of Aspire Housing, aged 19 to 25, will be offered training and a job placement, under a new plan.

The pledge has been made by housing association Aspire Housing, which has 9,000 homes in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

The training will be provided through Aspire Housing's sister company PM Training, which is a top provider of apprenticeships for 16 to 18-year-olds and has a base in Leek.

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Under the 'Aspire to Work' plan, customers aged 19 to 25 would be offered a traineeship, which consists of training and a work placement, through the network of 900 companies who take apprentices from PM Training.

The plan to help young people into work is one of dozens of commitments made in a five year strategic plan for Aspire Housing. Other pledges are To build or acquire 500 new homes; to provide great customer service; and to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Five year plans have also been agreed for The Aspire Group and for its social enterprise arm, Enterprising Futures, which includes PM Training, Furniture Mine and Social Enterprise West Midlands.

Other commitments include Growing the turnover of Enterprising Futures to £10million a year; Expanding the range of apprenticeships offered through PM Training; Provide services from PM Training such as gardening and landscaping to a greater number of clients; and Increasing the volume of furniture collected and provided to people in need through Furniture Mine.

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