Clients of drug and alcohol service Forward Leeds attended a jobs fair to help them “step up” in to the construction industry.
Lucy Fella, of Forward Leeds, said, “The event day was a great success. It enabled Forward Leeds clients to speak to employers, colleges and other training providers from the construction industry. We’ve had excellent feedback”.
The event, part of the city-wide Step up into Construction (SUIC) programme provided the service users with the opportunity to speak to a range of organisations about employment and training in the local building trade.
Organisations including design, construction and engineering giant BAM, Swarthmore Education Centre, Reed in Partnership and Learndirect attended the event at the Recovery Academy on Westfield Road in Leeds.
Hayley Snowden, of Reed in Partnership, said: “It was great to share with members of the community what great work we do to help people get back into work. We received a number of referrals from the afternoon and would encourage other businesses to utilise this opportunity in the future”.
Mike Greener, Careers Practitioner and Team Leader at DISC said “We were delighted by number of local people that attended this event, alongside the enthusiasm of employers and trainers to come along and speak to potential recruits.
As well as providing events like this, we’re involved on a daily basis across Leeds, helping people break into the construction industry. We’re looking to hold more events in 2017 so even more people can benefit from the SUIC programme.”
The Recovery Academy is at 43 Westfield Road, LS3 1NQ just off Burley Road