Morgan Cole supports social housing providers to grow ambitions

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Young people are being given the opportunity to improve their work prospects thanks to a unique work placement programme being run by Morgan Cole.

The firm is working in conjunction with housing providers in the Thames Valley and Wales including: Cottsway, Valleys 2 Coast Housing Association, Merthyr Valley Homes, Melin Homes, Newport City Homes, Bron Afon Community Housing, Wales and West Housing and RCT Homes.

Growing Ambitions gives young people nominated by their local social housing association the chance to spend a week with Morgan Cole, gaining vital work experience and learning more about the world of business that will enhance their prospects of employment at a later date.

Mentored by trainee solicitors, the programme includes the opportunity to spend "a day in the life" of a lawyer; attending Court, taking part in workshops to learn skills such as negotiation and presentation, and time with human resources professionals who give tips on interview techniques and completing application forms.

15 year old Curtis Jordan of Maesteg, says that the experience has been of great benefit: "I’m still in school at Maesteg Comprehensive but having the opportunity to spend a week with solicitors at Morgan Cole has been a fantastic experience enabling me to really think about my future career. Visiting the County Court and meeting a Judge gave me a great insight into the world of law. I’m sure the week will stand me in good stead when considering future career options."

15 year old Charlotte Wood from Witney agrees: "The time with Morgan Cole has really helped me to see what I want to do in the future and how I can get there. I’m glad I signed up and I found the visit to the Court really interesting."

William Downing, a Partner with Morgan Cole in the Thames Valley explains: "We really value the relationships that we have with our clients in the social housing sector and we were delighted to work with Cottsway in the local community to offer this special new work placement scheme for pupils aged 15-16. We really hope that Growing Ambitions will provide an interesting and motivating experience for young people."

Maggie Newton, Community Network Officer for Cottsway adds: "With latest statistics showing that nearly 55 per cent of social housing tenants are unemployed, it’s really good to see Morgan Cole reaching out to our young people as they are helping the people who have the most challenges. As social landlords’ roles have become more diverse, we are providing a wider range of services than ever before. This has encouraged us to be even more creative than we ever anticipated - especially in our approach to working with the most vulnerable and marginalised. Providing opportunities to help encourage young people to grow their ambitions and improve their work prospects is an important part of this."

In Wales, Joanna Rees, a Partner with Morgan Cole explains her motivation to support the initiative: "Social mobility in the UK is lagging behind other nations. Youth unemployment levels are at a record high. We must work together to support our young people and grow ambitions."

Marie Kiff of Valleys 2 Coast Housing Association adds: "It is great to see Morgan Cole reaching out and helping the young people in our communities. Providing opportunities to help encourage young people to grow their ambitions and improve their work prospects is important to us, and we are pleased that are able to work with Morgan Cole to promote and support employability skills for our tenants."