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    A housing association in West Bromwich, Accord Group, is aiming to recruit 150 of its tenants as apprentices over the next three years.

    Accord Group manages 11,000 homes across the Midlands and wants to take on its own residents as part of their wider plans to help them into work whilst also expanding their range of care services, reports 24dash. Person: Agreement

    The programme is open to all Accord Group tenants and family members and will consist of a six-week pre-apprenticeship course and a 12-month paid apprenticeship.

    Everyone who completes their apprenticeship will then be offered paid work in services that range from caring for older people and those with learning disabilities, to working with young people.

    Sara Naylor-Wild, Accord’s assistant director of care and support, said: “Care is changing and over the next three years we want to increase the range of services that we offer to allow people to reach their full potential, which will mean that we will need more people to deliver them. We want residents to be at the forefront of this, which is why we have created a programme that trains people who may not have the experience of working in care, but have the right attitude and a real willingness to learn. Many of our residents are going to be affected by the changes to benefits, such as the Bedroom Tax, and this is just one way that we helping them get ready and into work.”

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    March 04, 2014 by Laura Matthews Categories: Community And Localism

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