Radian has made a “significant impact on employment” says Employment Minister, Damian Hinds
East Hampshire MP, Damian Hinds, joined Radian at Quebec Park, its development of 100 new homes and community hub in Bordon on Friday 24th February.
Mr Hinds, who is Employment Minister at the Department of Work and Pensions, met Ralph Facey, Radian’s Director of Housing and Customer Services, and a number of Radian staff and apprentices at the Quebec Park café and employment hub site, to learn how Radian is creating 100 new job opportunities in the Bordon community.
They discussed Radian’s contribution to the area beyond housing in terms of social value, through the work they are doing via their community initiatives and Employment, Support and Training (EST) programme.
Acknowledging Radian’s role in bolstering Bordon employment rates, Damian Hinds MP said: “Even ahead of its launch, Quebec Park has made a significant impact on employment in the local area by offering construction experience for apprentices, work experience students and job hunters alike.
“It’s vitally important for young people to gain industry experience early on, and it’s great to see Radian’s efforts paying off and benefitting everyone here at Quebec Park.”
Ralph Facey commented: “Our focus on creating workplace opportunities began in the initial stages of the Quebec Park development. In November, we invited Mill Chase Academy students for a site visit and exam preparation with our construction team, in partnership with Drew Smith Limited.
“Thanks to the work on site, 11 local residents have also been trained in basic construction skills and received Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards. Seven have since been employed in the industry.”
In addition to the construction jobs created, a new café will be built on-site and will be part of the community hub building. Launching in autumn 2017, the café’s main aim will be to help young people gain skills in hospitality and catering by providing work placements and job opportunities.
As well as supporting skills and training, the café aims to deliver Bordon’s ‘Healthy Town’ ethos by providing nutritious food and a range of health-centred activities, support local businesses by using fresh local produce where possible, and become a social hub for the existing community and new residents.
Paying tribute to Bordon’s rich history and its connections with the Ministry of Defence, the cafe will operate in the refurbished Centurion and Chieftain barracks blocks.
“Mr Hinds’ visit marks an important step towards the completion of this pivotal development, and it was great to show him the site’s progress and discuss the contribution Radian has made to East Hampshire in terms of housing and employment” said Ralph Facey.
Mr Hinds concluded: “It was encouraging to hear from the Radian team as well as some apprentices about the measurable difference this new establishment will make, not only for Quebec Park residents but the wider Bordon community too.”
During its 10 years of service, Radian has provided 4,456 homes in Mr Hinds’ East Hampshire constituency alone. The Quebec Park development is a mix of two, three and four bedroom properties, with 10 of the 100 houses available for Shared Ownership, and 25 offered for affordable rent.
For more information about the properties available at Quebec Park, please visit https://www.radianhomes.co.uk/property/quebecpark/.