As part of its investment in the borough Homes for Lambeth (HFL) – Lambeth Council’s wholly owned housing delivery company – has recruited nine apprentices, most of whom are from Lambeth. The apprenticeship opportunities – which have predominantly been taken up by young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic residents – are examples of HFL’s commitment to creating better futures for Lambeth residents.
Cllr Jacqui Dyer, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety, welcomed the news. She said: “We’re committed to increasing the supply and quality of skills training to our residents of all ages and backgrounds. Improving the life chances of so many people who have been excluded from work and learning is also vitally important to Lambeth’s recovery from the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We need more employers in Lambeth to give people their first opportunity of a job or a way back into work. I’m delighted that the council’s own housing company is doing its bit to help.”
Jitinder Takhar, Chief Executive of Homes for Lambeth, said:
“The apprenticeship opportunities we are providing are a great example of how HFL is re-investing in our local communities, creating new opportunities for our residents. The apprentices will be vital in helping us deliver our ambitious plan. Over the next 18 months, they will learn and develop their understanding of different aspects of the business and make a significant contribution to their communities as well as to the HFL business.”
Caroline Pillay, Chair of Homes for Lambeth Group board, commented:
“The economic crisis due to COVID-19 has had a real impact on Lambeth residents and particularly on our young people. Creating these opportunities for people across Lambeth sits alongside our plans to provide not only more and better homes but to also create real training and employment opportunities. During this economically challenging time, HFL is supporting Lambeth Council in its ambition to provide opportunities for local people to thrive.”