Thousands of young people across the country have been enormously affected as a result of the pandemic, in particular with the loss of work, reduced income and limited training opportunities.

As the charitable arm of growth and regeneration group, Torus, Torus Foundation continues to collaborate with partners to help increase the prospects available, enabling young people to train and build skills, maximising their chances in a post-pandemic labour market.

As part of the range of employment and skills support accessible to Torus tenants, some of the initiatives like the ILM Access to Work programme, is extended to the wider community helping to strengthen the Foundation’s aim for stronger communities.

The ILM Access to Work Programme provides young people across the Liverpool City Region with paid training placements. Torus Foundation works with multiple businesses across our Torus heartlands to gain placements and is delighted to have secured the biggest intake of ILM placements with, HMS, the award winning North West based construction company and contractor who is currently hosting 12 young candidates.

During the six month placements, trainees will gain experience across a variety of trades including groundswork, decorating, electrical and joinery. While working closely with experienced tradespeople, each Trainee has been placed with a ‘buddy’ to support them throughout their time with HMS so they are able to gain an accurate insight into the skills needed to go on to have a successful career in the construction, repairs and maintenance sector.

Torus Foundation’s Managing Director, Kate Shone, explains:

“Through our wide-ranging employment and training offer, we’re delighted to have secured meaningful placements with key partners such as HMS. As part of the current programme, Torus Foundation is also funding eligible candidates with a set of driving lessons and together, we’re helping young people gain the skills and access the tools needed to take those steps closer to employment.”

Discussing the programme, Managing Director at HMS, Paul Worthington, said:

“As a former apprentice, I understand the importance of programmes such as these, which gives people the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of a chosen trade. I am continuously impressed with the calibre of Trainee’s we are lucky enough to work with and each of the 12 ILM Trainees are enthusiastic, committed and dedicated to the programme, being consistently punctual and polite to the team and our customers.

“As staunch supporters of Apprenticeship and Training Programmes like this, we will continue working with partners like Torus Foundation to ensure these opportunities are always available for the people who need and want them.”

Trainee Ethan is enjoying his time working on all aspects of painting and comments,

“It’s challenging but I’m having a great time. Not only am I learning new skills, making me more employable, but I’m gaining life skills too. Torus Foundation have been really helpful so far. From making sure the role was right for me and checking in to see how I’m settling in.

“I’m only 16 but I’m already thinking ahead. I know I’ve a lot to give to the role and I’d like it to lead to further training and work. It’s my first paid role and with my first wage after making sure I’d paid some bills, I made sure I bought the family their tea!”

Before Molly successfully secured her ILM trainee role, earlier this year she completed Torus Foundation’s Women in Construction. The two week initiative provided female participants with an insight into the construction, where Molly’s interest to further her skills developed.

Torus Foundation was delighted to be able to support Molly through the application process and proud to see she’s completing each task with the same dedication and eagerness to learn. Molly’s Buddy, Sharon is impressed with her trainee by adding,

“Molly has been brilliant so far. She’s taking everything in her stride, completing tasks to a level I wouldn’t have expected yet, so already giving it 100%!”

Employment and Skills Advisor, Claire Lomas adds, “From helping people through the application process, to providing ongoing support while training, the team ensures opportunities are maximised for each young person during their time at HMS and the other organisations hosting.”

In addition, Torus Foundation is embarking on supporting more young people into work, by becoming a gateway organisation for the Government Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month jobs for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.

The team will be working with employers of all sizes, who can create quality jobs for young people and will have access to a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity through the local job centre.

If you’re a Torus tenant looking for employment and support head to our Talent Pool. If you’re a business or training provider wishing to increase the opportunities available across our communities, get in touch with the team via

The ILM roles are subsidised by the Access to Work Programme, which is funded by the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative.

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