From DIY to an apprenticeship, Geri pursues her passion

Throughout lockdown, Torus Foundation has continued to deliver support to customers working towards their employment goals.

After watching plasterers carry out work in her own home, Torus tenant Geri realised it was something she’d like to achieve and signed up to the Women in Construction programme to help build her experience and confidence to take that next step.

Geri spent time undertaking hands on learning and building a great network of fellow female participants who shared the passion of finding out more of the construction industry. Geri has enjoyed using her skills for DIY around her home.

We are delighted to share that Geri has successfully attained a Joinery Apprenticeship with Casey Group and begins her new role this week!

Throughout the process, the Foundation’s employment officers were able to support Geri with funding, interview and job search skills, construction opportunity referrals and work placements by members of both Torus Foundation and HMS teams.

All of which has contributed to Geri being able to seize this exciting opportunity which is already having a positive impact on her and her family.

Geri explains,

“With the help of the employment officers’ encouragement and support, I have been able to pursue a passion of mine and gain an apprenticeship in the construction industry. This has consequently put me back into employment, in a position I thoroughly enjoy, in a routine which has substantially improved both my mental and physical wellbeing.

“I would highly recommend the service to others as the ongoing support has been key to my success in achieving my goals. The advisers have gone above and beyond, realising my potential and eagerness, to continue assisting in my progression.”

Employment Officer, Phil adds,

“It has been a privilege to work with Geri on the Women in Construction programme. The enthusiasm and commitment she displayed throughout has been amazing. Her confidence has gone from strength to strength and she has successfully achieved her first career goal by gaining an apprenticeship in Joinery with Casey Group.

She should be proud of herself for what she has achieved in such a short space of time and being a great role model for her children.”

Women in Construction

The programme led by Torus Foundation and funded by St Helens Chamber provides females from our St Helens and Warrington neighbourhoods with an insight into the construction industry. From bricklaying to plastering over 2 1/2 weeks, participants take part in practical sessions alongside classroom based learning highlighting transferable skills for the working environment.

Some people join with limited employment experience or perhaps low confidence, while others are looking to embrace the chance to rediscover previous skills and their potential, and return to work.

Continuing to work with key partners, the Women in Construction programme is scheduled to start again in September – back, bigger and better!

If you are a Torus tenant within the St Helens or Warrington areas and would like to get involved, contact the team by emailing employment@torusfoundation.org.uk or call 0300 123 5809. You can also register your interest for support through our Talent Pool.

We are also looking at opportunities for Liverpool so watch this space!