Employment boost for Chester residents

A new employment initiative is giving Chester residents the opportunity to help make a difference to community facilities in Blacon and a route back into work.

Avenue Services is providing employment and training placements for up to 16 local residents over the next four years.

Through the initiative, residents will work in Avenue Services’ grounds maintenance, caretaking and cleaning teams, carrying out practical work across Blacon.

Tasks as part of the roles will include maintaining grass verges and other open public spaces, cleaning communal areas in accommodation and keeping the streets clean and tidy.

Employees, who will be recruited through Cheshire West and Chester Council’s employment mentoring programme, will be able to gain practical on-the-job experience through the placements, as well as receiving training and mentoring from Avenue Services staff.

Funding for the initiative has been provided by the Council using Section 106 money, where private developers have donated funds to help support the local community.

Paul Knight, Head of Avenue Services, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for local people to gain the skills and on-the-job experience which will help them secure future long-term employment.

“Following recruitment, our dedicated staff will ensure they are welcomed into the team, receive the appropriate training and are supported throughout their time with Avenue Services.”

Steve Walker, Caretaking and Cleaning Manager at Avenue Services, added: “These positions play an important role in getting people who have been long-term unemployed back into the workplace.

“Their recruitment enhances both the work of the existing team and the individual employment prospects of each resident.”