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Repairs and maintenance company creates 14 new jobs in Knowsley

Vivark, a leading North West repairs and maintenance company, has created 14 new jobs to help unemployed people back into work. The company has partnered with Fusion21’s Employer Pool servicce to recruit the new operatives which include four joiners, two painters, an electrician, a plasterer and six tilers.

They will help deliver services as part of Vivark’s £32m contract with Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT), part of Merseyside-based the First Ark Group.

The new recruits, all from the Knowsley area, have received training and an induction from Employer Pool They will be employed with Vivark for an initial 18-weeks work, after which there will be the opportunity of longer-term employment.

Paula Glassey, Employer Pool Coordinator, said, “We are delighted that Vivark have chosen Employer Pool as their recruitment partner.  We undertook
an extensive selection process to ensure that the right candidates secured the opportunities. Employer Pool also delivered pre-employment training to the successful applicants, equipping them with the essential skills to support them in their new roles. They are a brilliant group and I wish them the very best of luck in their new jobs.”

Sean Edwards, 20, from Huyton, who had been working as a self-employed joiner before joining Vivark, said: “This is a great opportunity for some stability in my career and to join a well-respected company.” 

Darren Challinor, 32, from Whiston, will also be working for Vivark as a joiner, having been made redundant from his previous job where he had worked for 10 years.

He said: “I’m pleased to be working for a great local company that’s well established and well known in the community.”

Vivark is contracted to provide a range of responsive repairs across KHT’s 13,500 properties in Knowsley including gas repairs and servicing, emergency call outs, electrical testing, refurbishment, planned works, packaged and insurance works.The company operates as a social enterprise, putting profits back into services and creating opportunities for the communities it works in.

Tony Cahill, Vivark’s ExecutiveDirector of Commercial Services, said: “An important part of our commitment to providing ‘social value’ is creating opportunities such as this for the local area.

“It is important to us that our work feeds back into benefitting the people and places we are serving. It’s good for our business, our staff and our customers. We are delighted to welcome these new recruits to our team and we hope the skills and experience they gain from working with us will help them progress in the future.”

Vivark will also be taking on two apprentices as part of Fusion21’s shared apprenticeship scheme, Building Skills, which aims to provide opportunities
for young people across one or more local companies.

The scheme makes it easier for companies that might not be able to take on apprentices for a full year to share the commitment with other local employers. Vivark has committed to making apprentices five per cent of its workforce.