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Fusion21 Foundation Creates New Opportunities For St Helens Residents

The Fusion21 Foundation - a registered charity established by Fusion21 - is supporting member Helena Partnerships to create new employment and training opportunities for local people.

The St Helens based housing association - part of NW housing group Torus -  has been awarded £66,068 from the Fusion21 Foundation, with funds being used to create specialised transport sector-based training programmes - which will upskill and improve the prospects of jobseekers, whilst simultaneously providing employers from local rail, coach, bus and haulage businesses with a pool of trained and qualified staff.

Dave McGuinness, Social Value Manager at Fusion21, said: “The Fusion21 Foundation is passionate about providing social investment opportunities that can create life changing results – and we are proud to be supporting the ‘Jobs into Transport’ project.

“Fusion21 endorses Helena’s commitment to tackling worklessness and social inclusion. The project is set to help several cohorts by March 2017, and will deliver significant social value to local communities.”

Roy Williams, Employment Coordinator at Helena explained: “Real on-the-job training is vital to securing sustainable employment. But paying for that training can be really expensive for people and that in itself is a barrier.

“Our specialist and fully accredited training programmes are completely free. Job seekers get the skills they need and employers get the workforce they’re looking for. It’s a win-win situation.”

Following the success of the first phase of recruitment, Helena has announced that another round of railway training opportunities is now available.  Applicants will complete a free, three week training course in track maintenance, with the prospect of employment at the end.

Newly employed track maintenance operative, Ricky Ashcroft said: “Initially I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to do the job. However, the training was great and my confidence grew. Now I’m training to be a Controller of Site Safety, which will open up even more opportunities for me.”