1: A2domionon, London and the South East
A2domionon creates employment and training opportunities for its residents by negotiating with contractors and developers to obtain work placements for residents in construction, electrician and gas fitter roles. When applying for a contract, developers are asked to offer a number of placements to residents and the agreed number is written into formal contracts. A2domionon encourages and supports tenants to apply for these roles, which typically last 2-3 months. The housing association also provides in-house work experience in business administration. Of those that undertake a placement within the housing association, 90 per cent continue to work at the association at the end of the placement.29
The housing association’s strong local and national networks have also helped to identify funding opportunities for skills training beyond that available through limited central government funding. By employing Partnership and Funding Managers, whose role is to build relationships both locally and nationally to seek out funding opportunities, A2domionon is able to fund all its employment and skills programmes through outside organisations. In particular, outside funding has allowed the housing association to offer residents a free Digital DIY training service, which provides people with basic IT and internet skills. With around a quarter of all jobs now advertised online only30 and many tenants not having access to the internet and / or having poor IT skills, this service helps tenants overcome the severe disadvantage they face in not just securing work but also searching and applying for jobs. Training is offered with the support of UK: Online, who also provide free lesson plans and online webinars for tenants to work through.