Growing our Own

One of our successful People and Communities Fund applications approved earlier this year was a submission made on behalf of Dunbritton Housing Association (DHA). The Growing Our Own project will not only enable DHA to continue their now well established programme of landscaping activities being implemented through an employment training project, but will also support DHA to take on a Modern Apprentice in the their maintenance department.

Thanks to PCF funding, Dunbritton will be able to hire a squad of landscaping workers

The apprenticeship will be for a currently unemployed young person aged 16 – 17 and will qualify them to SVQ Level 2 in Facilities and Services Management; this will be a starting block for anyone interested in working in maintenance and security for housing associations, schools, hospitals and similar institutions. The training element of the apprenticeship will be delivered by Anniesland College and the young person will be mentored by a member of Dunbritton’s staff.

Meanwhile, the landscaping element of the funding will allow Argyll and Bute Employability team to offer waged placements for participants currently on the Work Programme Team as well as opportunities for volunteer engagement with the project. Waged participants will be able to gain certificated training in landscape delivered once a week at the squad headquarters; additionally each volunteer participant can benefit from a small training budget set aside to support anyone who could benefit from some specialist training, e.g. scaffolding. The big advantage this year is that the funding is multiannual and so the project will run through until the end of March 2015.

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