Local jobless man finds work thanks to new homes scheme in Malvern
An unemployed Malvern man is delighted after finding a job thanks to a new housing scheme in the town.
Andrew Harper noticed building work taking place at the £1.3M Festival Housing development at Orford Way. Having experience as a labourer and being a Festival tenant, he approached the site building contractor Saxonby to ask if there were any jobs available.
Saxonby is helping Festival to develop one of four infill sites on its own land in Malvern, which will provide ten rented homes for local people. Director James Wood was pleased to offer Mr Harper a position as a machine driver and skilled labourer. He said: “We have not only given Andrew a job but have also bought him £200 worth of tools to get him going. He has already passed a machine operator course and because he is showing such great potential, we sent him on a site supervisor safety training course as well. Hopefully we can offer Andrew long term employment by securing further work with Festival.”
Harper, who has three young children but never claimed benefits while unemployed, said: “I noticed the building going on near my home and came to the site to ask for work. I am over the moon with the employment opportunity and the chance to broaden my skills. I would like to continue working for Saxonby and progress through the company.”
Festival’s head of new business and initiatives Duncan Smith said: “Andrew’s initiative in finding himself work has paid off and now he will get the chance to develop the skills he has already acquired in the building trade. It’s great to see a current Festival tenant helping to build the next generation of Festival housing.”
Picture: Andrew Harper with (left to right) James Wood and Andrew Copson, directors, Saxonby.
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