Training with Dunbritton

Dunbritton Housing Association (DHA) couldn’t be more pleased with the development of their Growing our Own project since it started this year. The Employability Team has installed seven benches around the Leven Street area of Alexandria, made possible with a grant from The Big Lottery’s Awards for All fund. The replacement of worn dilapidated benches with plastic recyclable ones has really brightened up the area and people can now enjoy resting while out for a stroll.

Dunbritton's Growing Our OwnThe Employability Team has carried out a brilliant job of refreshing the back gardens at the Creamery in Dumbarton, including solving drainage problems, removing overgrown shrubs, creating new edge trim to buildings, painting boundary walls and play items, power washing all paved surfaces and brickwork and providing new pre cast concrete copes for bin stores and brick walls.

The project has so far has employed four previously unemployed individuals who have gained SVQ units in landscaping from Glasgow Clyde College; one has had success with receiving a job with a local contractor and others have engaged with the project as part of mandatory work placements under the Scottish Government’s Work Programme.

While the work was ongoing, Frank, the squad leader, celebrated his 73rd birthday. A big happy birthday, Frank! CLS has been working with Frank for some years now and through his continued patience and expertise, he continues to show trainees not just how a good job should be done, but the other skills employers require while working as part of a squad, such as good team work, respect for the work you do and each other.

We look forward to the next update on works, as the team move on to Bonhill later this month.

Additionally, as part of project, DHA have recently advertised for an in-house modern apprentice in Facilities and Services Management with training to be provided by Glasgow Clyde College. The opportunity is suitable for a 16 – 17 year old and will be supervised by a member of DHA staff.

Filed Under: Community Landscaping, RSL

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