New work scheme creates six new jobs

Yorkshire Coast Homes launch their BEACH scheme, leading to taking on 4 apprentices. From left, the apprentices Carl Walker, Jack Wade, Ian Whitaker (supervisor), Liam Taylor, Jordan Dargue, Bob Spedding, social enterprise manager, Angela Starkey, head of business development and growth, and Shaun Tymon, chief executive. Picture by Andrew Higgins  123753a   14/09/12
Yorkshire Coast Homes launch their BEACH scheme, leading to taking on 4 apprentices. From left, the apprentices Carl Walker, Jack Wade, Ian Whitaker (supervisor), Liam Taylor, Jordan Dargue, Bob Spedding, social enterprise manager, Angela Starkey, head of business development and growth, and Shaun Tymon, chief executive. Picture by Andrew Higgins 123753a 14/09/12
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Yorkshire Coast Homes has created a number of new jobs with the launch of its new BEACH initiative in Scarborough.

The social landlord has started the new social enterprise with four apprentices, an employee and a supervisor – and hopes to recruit an admin assistant next month.

Bob Spedding, the organisation’s social enterprise manager, said that it was going well with bookings being made for work such as painting and decorating.

He said added that anyone could make a booking –from individuals to businesses and there was a minimum charge with an up-front quote.

“There are six employees and we are going to be taking on an admin apprentice in October. We are going along nicely and that will really help us to build the business,” he added.

Mr Spedding said that they were currently involved in a community project in Eastfield which was part of a national initiative promoted by paint giant Dulux aimed at bring colour to neglected areas.

Two of the apprentices are being trained in painting and decorating while the other two are horticultural apprentices.

A social enterprise is a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose with a clear social mission – it will know what difference it is trying to make.

Writing in the current edition of the association’s magazine, Coastalk, Shaun Tymon, Yorkshire Coast Homes’ chief executive, said they were making good progress with the social enterprise.

He added: “It will provide decoration and gardening services whilst giving opportunities for employment to young and long-term unemployed people in the area.”

Mr Tymon said welcomed the latest recruits and added: “I hope that this service will grow over the next few years and make a big difference in our communities.”

The services offered by The BEACH – which stands for Business, Enterprise, Action, Community and Homes – include:

• painting and decorating

• gardening and landscaping

• cleaning services

• gutter cleaning

• rubbish removal

• fencing works

• graffiti removal.

For further information visit either www.the-beach.org.uk or send an email to thebeach@ych.org.uk or contact 0300 3302003.