Housing company sets up career help scheme

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HOUSING workers have become ambassadors to help the next generation of tenants find their own dream careers.

Staff from Cestria Community Housing in Chester-le-Street have become business ambassadors for the Durham Education Business Partnership (Durham EBP), which is part of Durham County Council.

The group aims to help students improve their employability skills.

Arshia Bhatti, corporate services officer at Cestria, said: “We are one of the biggest employers in the Chester-le-Street area and we want to support our residents as much as possible to create a vibrant community.

“This initiative is a great opportunity to help our next generation of residents and tenants to get the skills they need for the workplace for the best start in life.

“We are really pleased so many of our staff are happy to volunteer and get involved; its a great opportunity for staff development too – young people have a lot to teach us as we have to teach them.”

The ambassadors have worked closely with pupils from Park View School on the Building Brighter Futures project to create a leaflet aimed at tenants aged 16 to 25, and have been given challenges designed to educate them about working in the housing sector.