As well as being a responsible landlord, one of Circle Housing’s key aims is to provide residents with the chances they need to find work or education. In the last twelve months it has helped more than 900 residents in east London into a job, an apprenticeship or accredited training.
One resident who has benefited from this support is Sammy Islam, 18. In 2013 he was enrolled on to a practical course, run by the provider, which is designed to help young people who are falling behind in mainstream academia.
Fast forward three years, Sammy has now secured a two-year carpentry apprenticeship with JBT Ltd and his future in the construction industry looks rosy.
The course, which is based at the Construction Training Centre on the Locton Estate, introduces 14 to 16 year olds to a range of trades from plumbing to painting and decorating.
Sammy, from Bethnal Green, said: “I didn’t enjoy school but everything changed for me once I started the course at the Construction Training Centre. For the first time, I was able to use my hands, which is what I am good at. The tutors really helped, they taught me everything I know now.”
Sammy attended workshops twice a week alongside his academic studies before achieving a nationally recognised City & Guilds qualification. For the past two years he has continued to gain vocational qualifications at Hackney Community College and he is firmly on track to becoming a fully-fledged carpenter.
On his future, he said: “Everything is going really well. I now want to get all of my qualifications and become a carpenter - that’s my aim.”
Rick Levene, Construction Training Centre Manager for Circle Housing said: “For the past decade we have been equipping young people in Bow with skills that will improve their life chances. As well as teaching our pupils practical skills, we want to instil a sense of pride and achievement in their work, which can help them in all areas of the lives in the future.
“We are pleased that Sammy’s hard work and dedication has paid off, he is a great role model to other young people.”