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Working with our partners to make a difference

Clarion

Our partnering contractors support us in delivering essential works, however they too share our commitment to investing in local communities.

Between them have delivered 801 initiatives and training opportunities for residents over the last 12 months, including: 27 apprenticeships/work placements 84 pre-employment training sessions 388 vocational qualifications 17 community facility improvements.

EQUANS (part of the Engie group) was delighted to welcome an apprentice referred by Clarion. Mark was a standout candidate from during his work placements, which took place in 2020.

Mark was polite, punctual and hardworking, and showed a willingness to learn during his work. He said: “This opportunity means so much to me! I’ve lacked confidence in the past, but Donna [Clarion Futures’ Employment Support Officer] was really patient with me, putting me on courses to help improve my skills and employability, and get me to a point where I felt confident that I would be an asset to whoever I was employed by.

The work placement was really fun. I particularly enjoyed working with Peter from CWG Roofing who was great at giving me advice about roofing, and I’m now really excited about starting a career in such an exciting sector”.

Grow 19 United Living donated a substantial number of tools to a small specialist college in East Malling, Tonbridge. The college is for students aged 19-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The donation has enabled the college’s Grow 19 scheme to expand their existing curriculum, which in turn increases the skills and knowledge that helps learners with independent living.

Eastside Community Centre, located in Tower Hamlets, is a facility used by the community for both youth work and adult learning. Wates carried out some refurbishment work, including tidying up the garden area, creating a beautiful bench area and decking space, and a cycle rack for users of the community centre. Carly, Project Manager at Clarion, said: “Wates were a delight to work with and really understood what we were trying to achieve for our young people.”

This article was featured in the Residents' Annual Report 2020/21.