St. Leger Homes – the organisation which manages 21,000 properties on behalf of Doncaster Council – is bringing new jobs and training opportunities to the town.
The company buys goods and services in a way which encourages the use of Doncaster-based businesses wherever possible, especially those which offer training opportunities.
It also asks its suppliers to advertise all vacancies within the Doncaster borough and circulate details of training positions to secondary schools and colleges.
Over the past financial year this has led to an investment of £20m in the Doncaster economy and created 10 trainee positions in the construction industry.
To complement its drive for local jobs, St Leger Homes is now working with its suppliers to develop a scheme to help young people and those who have been out of work for some time to access the jobs market.
Called World of Work, the scheme will include a stepped programme of support which can include work experience placements, guaranteed interviews for entry-level jobs, and paid traineeships.
Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said: “I congratulate St. Leger Homes for taking such a pro-active approach to creating new job opportunities for local people which will help strengthen our economy over the long term.”
Susan Jordan, Chief Executive of St. Leger Homes, added: “We are delighted with the impact our spending policy has achieved so far and we will continue to ensure that we procure goods and services in a way which directly benefits the people of Doncaster.
“It is now vital that we make sure that these new opportunities are available to people living within the communities we serve, which tend to be areas with high levels of long-term unemployment. That is why we want to give a helping hand to people who are struggling to get onto the first rung of the career ladder, and we will soon be announcing details of our exciting new World of Work Academy to achieve this.”