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TOR2 supports local charity through work placements

TOR2 is working with a local charity, Shekinah, to provide work experience for three individuals, with the longer-term goal of improving their chances of securing full-time employment.

Shekinah is a local agency providing support to unemployed people who are looking to up-skill and improve their chances of getting back into paid employment and is aimed at people who have experienced homelessness, had substance misuse issues, criminal convictions, or people who are lacking the confidence, motivation and communication skills to move forward with their lives.

Having received full health and safety training, the three individuals will spend their one-month work experience placement with either TOR2’s street cleansing or parks & open spaces teams. They will work alongside TOR2 employees carrying out key seasonal tasks to help maintain Torbay’s reputation as a popular tourism destination.

In partnership with TOR2's temporary labour supplier, GAP Recruitment, interviews have been scheduled for the volunteers at the end of their placement. It is hoped that they will be considered for temporary assignments on the back of their work experience at TOR2.

Julie Costello, TOR2’s human resources advisor, said: “TOR2 will host further work experience placements to support Shekinah volunteers keen to move into full-time employment, and to build their knowledge and skills within their chosen occupation.”

Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver said: "This innovative scheme builds on our aspirations for health, prosperity and happiness with a skilled and highly paid workforce. Not only are we equipping people with the skills to help them get back into work but on a personal level it will help to raise their self-esteem and confidence whilst contributing to their local community."

Soo Brizell-Hogg, Head of Employability, Shekinah Mission added:“This is an excellent opportunity for Shekinah to work with TOR2 whilst also developing our partnership with GAP Recruitment. TOR2 have identified some excellent and meaningful work placements as part of the national Ready for Work programme for which Shekinah is the local delivery partner for Business in the Community. We have every hope that we can generate sustainable employment opportunities for our clients as a result of these placements.

Editors notes:
The Shekinah Mission, based in Plymouth, is an agency that supports people who are homeless, have substance misuse issues, are ex-offenders or feel socially excluded. As well as seeing to people's physical needs - food, clothing and washing facilities - Shekinah offers advice and support, temporary beds for rough sleepers, an outreach service, as well as recreational activities and meaningful accredited training for those wanting to deal with their issues and move on.

Since 1992, Shekinah has grown and evolved into several projects - a Drop-In Centre, a Temporary Rough Sleepers' Hostel (The Gates), a Charity Shop, a two-tiered Training Initiative (re:solve training), a Social Enterprise (Shekinah Trading), a Supported Employability Programme (PSEP), an Organic Fruit and Vegetable Farm (Growing for Life), as well as another Drop-In Centre and Steady Work Training Initiative based in Torbay.

Photo caption: Andy Muncer (general manager, TOR2), Julie Costello (HR advisor, TOR2), Soo Brizell-Hogg, (head of employability, Shekinah Mission) and Gordon Oliver (mayor of Torbay).