How do you get a job if you don’t have relevant experience? How do you get relevant experience if you don’t have a job? This was the challenge that Tim faced when he wanted to start a career in carpentry.
With a young family and a passion for working with his hands, Tim was keen to kick start his career. He had a job in retail, but working evenings and weekends didn’t fit with family life. He had studied for a qualification in carpentry but couldn’t find a job as he didn’t have any hands-on experience yet. That’s were Curo’s Work Wise Team was able to help.
The Work Wise Team provides employment, skills and training, supporting independent and successful lives. Tim got in touch with Curo who were able to tell him about the opportunities available and arrange an accredited work placement for him.
Tim has now completed his placement with ProCarpentry at Mulberry Park in south Bath and is working as a carpenter on site. “The placement gave me the all important chance to gain experience and show what I could do. I just want to say a big thank you to Curo for the fantastic opportunity to begin a career that I know I will enjoy for years to come.”
Tim is one of more than 100 local residents who have been helped by the Work Wise Team in the last year. Curo works with suppliers, contractors and partners to offer training and employment for local people across a range of sectors from retail and hospitality to finance and administration.
Curo also offers apprenticeships within its own organisation. Rosie felt stuck in a rut, working as a waitress in a local holiday park. She wanted a career in business but thought it was out of reach without a degree. But a business administration apprenticeship at Curo changed that.
Rosie said: “Curo offers competitive wages and I have amazing support within my team. I’m working a 9-5 job and studying towards a Level 3 NVQ in
Business Administration at Bath College and I absolutely love it.”
Sometimes people just need a little help to get on the first rung of the ladder. Maybe they’ve been out of work for a while, their confidence is low or they’re not sure what jobs are open to them.
We offer careers advice and can support residents to find the opportunity that’s right for them. It could be further training, a work placement or apprenticeship, or a new job. It’s really rewarding to see someone blossom when they’re given an opportunity to show what they can do.
Building new homes at Mulberry Park has opened up careers in construction too, from plumbing to groundworks, bricklaying to engineering. Curo works with Bath Job Centre to promote jobs and training on site. Education partner Bath College provides a range of support including workshops for residents to build their employability and NVQ units alongside work placements and apprenticeships.
Tom completed an education placement at Mulberry Park with groundworks contractor Britannia Construction while studying for his engineering apprenticeship. He described the value of the placement: “It’s been really useful to put the theory into practice and has confirmed my passion for a career in construction.”