The Aspire Group has been recognised as the best organisation in Britain for tackling worklessness.
It has won the “tackling worklessness” category of the prestigious Regeneration and Renewal awards – seen as the most highly sought after in regeneration.
It is the second time in two months Aspire has been recognised for its comprehensive approach to connecting its customers and communities with work opportunities.
Last month it won the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Awards for “Building Futures” in the Midlands.
Both award entries detailed the group’s comprehensive approach in breaking the cycle of worklessness and supporting people into work.
- The group’s training company PM Training – which provides 1,500 apprenticeship and learning placements a year
- The group’s employment and skills team working with more than 400 jobless people in their first year and finding jobs for 48 of them
- Finding opportunities for people to volunteer as a first step back into work, through the group’s charity Furniture Mine and by offering energy efficiency advice to residents
- Financial support given by the group’s charity the Realise Foundation to fund 100 apprenticeship places and equip new apprentices with toolkits and work clothing.
Awards Judge Angus Kennedy, chief executive of the Community Regeneration Partnership, said: “Aspire operate in an area of high unemployment and have identified that by using their housing business they can do a tremendous amount of good. They are potentially a model for other housing associations to follow.”
Sinéad Butters, group chief executive, said: “This award is another national recognition of Aspire’s work in supporting people from deprived communities into work.
“It takes a comprehensive approach to support people into work if they come from a household where someone may not have had a job in three generations.
“What we do is successful and we plan to continue doing it because we know how much it is needed.”