Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of housing association Clarion Housing Group, has announced it will have supported a record 3,000 people into full-time employment and apprenticeships by the end of the 2017/18 financial year.
The Clarion Futures Apprentice of the Year award has also been announced, with Ryan Mathura winning the title. He completed a two-year multi-trade apprenticeship with energy firm Engie and has since then, been taken on as a full-time member of staff. He says: “I’m really proud to have won the Apprentice of the Year award. My apprenticeship was one of the best things I’ve ever done and although I wasn’t sure if I could do it to begin with, my confidence grew and I’m really glad I stuck it out.”
Clarion Futures’ support comes from the organisation’s Jobs and Training arm, which provides a bespoke employment service that focuses on Clarion Housing residents and communities across the country. This offers one-to-one advice that helps people apply for jobs, prepare for interviews and find employment. It is also a lead partner of the Love London Working programme, a consortium with a number of other housing associations.
The current financial year, which started in April 2017, has seen a range of other impressive figures: the organisation has placed 206 apprentices into roles with external employers across all disciplines over 12 months, which brings the total over the past seven years to 750; January saw Clarion Housing take on its 100th apprentice, project assistant Shakeel Sadiq; and 86% of the apprentices have graduated to full-time roles in the organisation since Clarion launched its own apprenticeship scheme.
Phil Miles, the director of Clarion Futures who spoke to us last year, says: “I’m delighted we will be supporting 3,000 people into permanent employment and apprenticeships this year. It is powerful evidence of how housing associations make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities. Clarion Futures is determined to do this on a bigger scale than ever before. By the time of National Apprenticeship Week next year, we hope and expect to have broken our own record again!”