Gloucester City Homes has focussed on local people to carry out extensive work in the community
WORK to spruce up Coney Hill, Matson and Podsmead is being done by 80 workers – and all of them are from Gloucester.
Doors and windows are being painted, guttering is being cleared and other essential maintenance is being done by Gloucester City Homes.
The housing organisation tendered for the work and awarded it to contractors who have in turn targeted local people to do the job.
Lovell Respond have employed 28 people, Mears nine, Mitie, 17, and MD Building Services, 35, of which two are apprentices.
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Anita Pope, director of housing and organisational development, said: "We are committed to providing career opportunities for local people
"Over the last eight years our commitment has resulted in 38 paid traineeships within Gloucester City Homes and 10 apprenticeships via our partners, and 89 Gloucester residents are currently employed across a range of GCH contracts."
One of those people is 53-year-old Michael Harris, from Matson, who has been out of work for two years.
He said: "It's going really well. I have some experience in this type of thing and it is really sharpening my skills.
"It is also helping to build my confidence, I'm really enjoying it."
Meanwhile, Lynval Gale, from Gloucester, has been employed as a painter for Mitie. He said: "I've gained a lot of experience working in a big company and the importance of good customer service and quality, I'm very proud of my achievements."
Gloucester MP Richard Graham was delighted to see so many local people being given work in their home city. He said: "Gloucester City Homes is absolutely right to offer young people opportunities to work, be apprentices and volunteer to help in their programme of refurbishment. It's one of the reasons why tenants know how lucky we are in Gloucester with our social housing manager – and why I'm also keen to see Gloucester City Homes involved in wider social housing regeneration as soon as possible."