Welsh Housing association hires trainees from its social enterprise arm

RCT Homes – which owns and manages more than 10,000 homes across Rhondda Cynon Taff – has hired two trainees from its Grow Enterprise Wales (GrEW) social enterprise arm.

Rebecca Williams and Kate Richards join the Housing Maintenance Unit (HMU) admin team on a permanent basis, having recently completed 12-month traineeships.

Williams, 23, who comes from Trallwn, is a graduate in International Tourism Management. Richards, also 23, from Aberdare is a graduate in Forensic Science. Both have also completed their NVQ Business and Admin qualification through GrEW.

They joined RCT Homes in July 2015 and their roles involve assisting in delivering administration support to the repairs service. Their duties include generating work orders, liaising with operational colleagues and external contractors and ensuring that all information relating to repairs is recorded accurately in business systems.

GrEW supports people to become more employable through education, training and work experience. Since it started trading in February 2010 with six trainees and one member of staff, it has steadily expanded to having an annual turnover of £2.7 million, employing 100 plus staff and offering hundreds of work placements each year.

RCT Homes group chief executive Andrew Lycett said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Rebecca and Kate to RCT Homes and I’m confident that they will make a valuable contribution to the Housing Maintenance Unit. Every day GrEW Wales changes people’s lives for the better – moving them closer to the workplace through training, education and by offering hundreds of work placements each year – and we will continue to try to offer young people like Rebecca and Kate permanent employment where we can”.

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