Four Work Academy trainees from Morgan Sindall’s Social Enterprise BasWorx have completed their six week work programme and have been offered full time employment.
From an initial 11 prospective candidates, BasWorx identified four trainees (all Jobcentre Plus referrals) who excelled during the programme. Trainees benefit from the guaranteed interview process, and on this occasion all four candidates were successfully offered paid employment contracts as a result of their hard work.
The BasWorx social enterprise is a not for profit organisation which creates training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities to Basildon residents, whilst delivering a skilled painting and decorating and maintenance service. Any surplus made will be re-invested back into the business or local community.
The first cohort recruited earlier this year focussed on school and college leavers in the 16-19 age group and resulted in two local teenagers offered a paid traineeship potentially leading to an apprenticeship later in the year. The second cohort was aimed at unemployed residents with trainees aged from 19-54.
The BasWorx programme included one week of classroom based H & S training, the CSCS test, one week painting and decorating skills training followed by a four week work experience placement element.
To celebrate their commitment and success on the programme and to show support for the newly formed BasWorx team, Morgan Sindall and Basildon Council hosted a small awards celebration event on 2nd June. All four candidates have now been offered employment contracts with BasWorx and will study for a Level 2 Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship, which will take one year to complete.