Local youngsters have been celebrating finding new employment thanks to a Factory Youth Zone programme supported by housebuilder Redrow.
The state of the art youth centre on Rochdale Road in Harpurhey held a special graduation ceremony - hosted by a previous contestant of the BBC’s The Apprentice, Neil Clough - which saw 72 certificates handed out to young people who’d participated in the employability programme.
More than three-quarters (76%) of those who took part are now in paid employment, with organisations including Transpennine Express and Sky Trac, education or training. They were helped in areas such as CV writing, interview skills, job searching and confidence-building.
Representatives of Redrow – who are building hundreds of new homes in Moston and Harpurhey as part of an award winning regeneration project – were invited along to the ceremony to see how their support has helped.
Redrow is a founder patron of The Factory Youth Zone and, via its national charity The Redrow Foundation, has donated £75,000 to the centre since it opened in 2012. As well as the employability programme, the money has gone towards a mentoring programme for over 13s and a young leaders programme for 14-18 year olds.
Some of the money will be used to fund a performing arts programme focusing involving ‘at risk’ young people and helping them to express themselves creatively using a range of mediums including dance, drama and music.
Richard Marsh, chief executive of The Factory Youth Zone, said: “As a charity we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses so we are delighted that The Redrow Foundation has been able to support The Factory Youth Zone as a founder patron. It was great to be able show them how beneficial their £75,000 has been.”
Keith Collard, construction director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire) who attended the ceremony, added: “The Factory Youth Zone carries out amazing work for young people in Manchester and we’re very proud to be supporting it. It was brilliant to witness what these young people have achieved and how the money has helped them boost their skills to find employment. Neil Clough delivered a very inspiring speech and it was a very enjoyable event for all.”
For details of the Redrow homes in Moston and Harpurhey see www.redrow.co.uk
. And for more information about the work The Factory Youth Zone does in the community, see www.thefactoryyz.org
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the WhatHouse? Awards 2014, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and four consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Redrow also collected the award for best marketing initiative at the 2014 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.