Community Housing Ltd (CHL) has been in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with not for profit organisation SCOPE to contract a number of gardening and cleaning jobs for its properties in eastern and south eastern region to support its workers with disabilities through employment opportunities.
In Victoria, CHL has over 2,000 properties in its portfolio dotted around metropolitan and regional areas. It provides homelessness services, long term and transitional housing to people on low and moderate incomes and those with a disability.
As part of the MoU signed earlier this year, SCOPE workers attend to cyclical gardening maintenance every couple of weeks at CHL properties around Healesville, down to Pakenham, Hastings and Dromana and are also engaged in cleaning services for CHL’s office in Box Hill.
According to Steve Bevington, Managing Director of CHL, “in addition to the provision of housing, one of our missions is to create employment and training opportunities in the communities we serve and this is a terrific partnership as through SCOPE to support a fantastic social enterprise that employs and gives opportunities to community members.
SCOPE employs a number of supported workers ranging between 19 – 40 years, some of whom need further support in building their confidence and skills to find employment due to market competitiveness.”
“The collaboration has been successful in achieving the set outcomes and it’s great that Nicholas Lynch, manager of our internal maintenance team has been nominated for SCOPE’s ‘Do It Together Community Award’ for his role in developing this partnership”, says Steve.
To further fulfil its mission CHL is also running a traineeship program to provide employment opportunities and to develop job skills within the communities it works. The areas of study for trainees are Social Housing, Real Estate, Business Administration, Carpentry and Horticulture.
According to Steve, “One successful way we have been doing this is through the employment of trainees across Australia. We have had approximately 20 trainees since the start of the program, out
of which 15 are current. Three trainees have been employed permanently with CHL after the completion of their traineeships
“Our internal maintenance team in Victoria has two trainees on board, Sarah Larkin and Chantelle Molloy, both completing a Certificate III in Horticulture through Holmesglen TAFE funded by CHL.
They are on a 3 year traineeships and will have developed skills to work in the Horticulture Industry such as parks and gardens, local council, botanical gardens etc.
They most definitely will have a chance to continue on their employment after the completion of their traineeship period if they wish to do so”, Steve adds.