In April 2012, the first group of employees in Wythenshawe completed their painting and decorating qualifications. All three have successfully gone into other employment opportunities. Calico Enterprise has now employed four additional residents to the scheme, working on the external painting of Parkway Green Housing Trust properties, in partnership with George Jones and Son.
Our work with Community Gateway Association led to Preston residents being given opportunities to improve their skills and get jobs. Liam Donnelly works on the scheme as a full time trainee painter and decorator:
How did you hear about the scheme?
“An old work colleague at the council told me about this opportunity. I applied and, before I knew it, I had an interview and had started work.”
What has been your best experience so far?
“I have been painting and decorating for over a year and have come a long way in that time. I believe the quality of my painting has gone from average to brilliant! I am now confident in planning my own workload and engaging with customers and professional staff. I find it very satisfying, transforming a variety of rooms.”
Would you recommend the scheme to others?
“The partnership works well. I would recommend working for Calico Interiors to anyone. I have an excellent supervisor and I am part of a team which prides itself on producing quality work within set deadlines. I have had support in achieving my NVQ in painting and decorating, health and safety training, and obtaining a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card – all of which helps to become a fully qualified painter and decorator.”
The Empty Homes Initiative is one that seeks to bring long term empty properties back up to a standard in which they can be lived in again. We have recently been commissioned to complete some decoration work to these properties.