Eight new starters for award-winning employment initiative

Mon 12 Aug 2019

Copper Foundation

Tai Tarian’s ground-breaking social economic employment initiative has just recruited eight new people.

The Copper Foundation aims to upskill individuals who come from workless households to find a route back into long term sustainable employment.

Recruits are given 12-month contracts and work alongside Tai Tarian's team of experienced tradespeople to gain knowledge and experience in a number of fields.

Since 2017 a total of 38 people have been recruited with 71% of those who have completed the course, securing employment at the end of their contract.

The eight new starters, all of whom are Tai Tarian tenants, will now undergo an intense few weeks of training before they play a vital role in the delivery of an external programme of works.

The programme involves enhancing the outdoor space of people’s homes and the wider communities. The octet will work alongside contractors and Tai Tarian’s own workforce, continuing with bespoke training over the 12-month contract to give them the best chance of securing long term sustainable employment.

Tai Tarian’s Senior Operations Manager Aled Guy said:
“We are delighted to welcome another eight members to the Copper Foundation. The project is all about giving people a great experience of the world of work. Over the next 12 months they will undergo over 19 training courses and play a huge part in the delivery of our external programme of works currently being carried out at our properties across the Borough.”

One of the new recruits is Claire Lewis.  Speaking about her new role, she said:
“After being a carer and having a young family, finding work that fitted around my commitments was difficult.

Now that my children are older, joining Tai Tarian’s Copper Foundation seemed like a great opportunity to better myself.

I’m looking forward to learning lots of new skills and meeting new people.  As I’ll be working in the area where I live to enhance its appearance, it is something I can’t wait to get started on.”