Housing group axes Bradford training centre

Accent Housing trainees at work

Accent Housing trainees at work

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A HOUSING association's training and employment service which has served 9,300 young people across the Bradford district has closed due to worsening results.

The Accent Group, based in Shipley, has delivered opportunities for trainees, mainly in construction, via its 'Accent Foundation' from a dedicated training centre on Barkerend Road for more than a decade. It has now decided this service will end once all current contracts are delivered, likely to be by the end of the year.

The association has said it is closing the service, which was linked to the Government’s Work Programme, because very few of its own residents have accessed it, and it was becoming more difficult to find permanent jobs or apprenticeship opportunities for those who did.

It added that this has, in turn, made it harder to meet the terms of the training contracts, particularly those involving funding dependent on successful results.

Maggie Punyer, an Accent board member and chairman of its Regeneration and Community Partnerships Board, said: “We are sorry to have reached this decision but, as was the case with the Work Programme which we left least year, we are finding that the payment by results funding structure is making it unviable without a significant subsidy from Accent and, ultimately, our residents."

She said the group was now developing a new training service, developed via consultation with its residents, designed to teach skills in IT, money management and gardening and home maintenance.

One of the most high-profile schemes involving the foundation was a partnership with property repair and maintenance specialist Milnerbuild in 2010, which saw 12 trainees offered apprenticeships as part of a scheme to improve 300 Accent-owned homes.

Accent said it was joining a number of other housing associations which have either stopped, or are planning to stop, their involvement in the Work Programme, and Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture, said the scheme had "failed to deliver" on many levels.

"Any loss of provision for training and employment in the district is a reason for regret," she said.

"It's a fresh blow to hear that housing associations, who are ideally placed to help people get jobs, are being forced to walk away.

"Bradford Council is committed to funding additional employment support for people over and above the Government's Work programme, which will not be affected by this news.

"Our 'Get Bradford Working' programme is the largest local authority scheme in the country, and never has it been more needed than now."

Alongside Bradford Council, Accent's other partner in the training programme was fellow social housing landlord, Incommunities, whose spokesman said: "We already operate our own construction training facility, 'The Training Terrace', where accredited and trade-qualified trainers provide on-site training for trades operatives, apprentices and trainees.

"As such, the closure of the Accent service will not affect our aim of increasing and improving construction skills across the district."

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8:01am Fri 22 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

It is pointless having a get bradford working if there are no jobs in the first place. What is needed is greater incentives for national and international firms to relocate to the bradford area. The only drawback to this is the chaotic road system which loses firms money because of the time it takes to negotiate across and around the city. Greater effort is needed to get employers here not training people for jobs that do not exist.
It is pointless having a get bradford working if there are no jobs in the first place. What is needed is greater incentives for national and international firms to relocate to the bradford area. The only drawback to this is the chaotic road system which loses firms money because of the time it takes to negotiate across and around the city. Greater effort is needed to get employers here not training people for jobs that do not exist. OLDLAD
  • Score: 11

8:22am Fri 22 Aug 14

llos25 says...

No large firms will ever move to Bradford you have an infrastructure that is 100 years out of date a corrupt council Bradford is or has become what its good at a giant slum.
No large firms will ever move to Bradford you have an infrastructure that is 100 years out of date a corrupt council Bradford is or has become what its good at a giant slum. llos25
  • Score: 8

9:25am Fri 22 Aug 14

sunnysidedown says...

Only in Bradford. There is a national building boom and Accent is having trouble making ends meet. When is City Hall going to do some thing serious about regenerating this place.
Only in Bradford. There is a national building boom and Accent is having trouble making ends meet. When is City Hall going to do some thing serious about regenerating this place. sunnysidedown
  • Score: 11

12:28pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Class_War says...

LOL the Work Programme is one big failure that has cost Billions ££s. IDS should be sacked.
LOL the Work Programme is one big failure that has cost Billions ££s. IDS should be sacked. Class_War
  • Score: 7

6:16pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Mr Perks says...

What's needed is 'Keynesian' economic investment to get people, especially the young because getting a job gets harder the longer you're out of work, working again. Investment to build houses, new schools, roads, infrastructure, with the jobs going to local people. Without something like this, this city is in danger of ultimately becoming like a mini-Detroit: a failed city. It won't happen under this, or any future government though. I can only see an ever quickening decline if the present situation continues, we'll be left with a city of the 'underclass' all fighting over scraps. People will move out of the area meaning council tax revenues decreasing, it'll be like the 'white flight' of the 60's/70's, except it'll be about prosperity, not race. We desperately need a new council who'll fight to get something off the ground, rather than faff about with inconsequential baubles like the City Park and Westfield. It's not too late, but it will be if something doesn't happen in the next decade.
What's needed is 'Keynesian' economic investment to get people, especially the young because getting a job gets harder the longer you're out of work, working again. Investment to build houses, new schools, roads, infrastructure, with the jobs going to local people. Without something like this, this city is in danger of ultimately becoming like a mini-Detroit: a failed city. It won't happen under this, or any future government though. I can only see an ever quickening decline if the present situation continues, we'll be left with a city of the 'underclass' all fighting over scraps. People will move out of the area [and commute if they're one of the lucky ones working in Bradford] meaning council tax revenues decreasing, it'll be like the 'white flight' of the 60's/70's, except it'll be about prosperity, not race. We desperately need a new council who'll fight to get something off the ground, rather than faff about with inconsequential baubles like the City Park and Westfield. It's not too late, but it will be if something doesn't happen in the next decade. Mr Perks
  • Score: 6

1:10am Sat 23 Aug 14

mustnotgrumble says...

It saddens me that the most poignant image of bradford is its 2 riots that ultimately caused the city to go back many decades in terms of outside investment, jobs and business relocation preference. I only wish more contributors to this column as residents of the city could see eye 2 eye without polarised views of each other. Your biggest weakness is the intolerance displayed to each other on these pages. I for one hav excellent childhood memories of Bradford where i spent much holiday time at my grandparents. Your city Your council only You can make it wat u wish it to be. The economic facts are laid bare taking into account the socio/economic make up of the city the Labour party is ur best option for the majority of residents. P.s i voted tory at the last general election. NEVER again
It saddens me that the most poignant image of bradford is its 2 riots that ultimately caused the city to go back many decades in terms of outside investment, jobs and business relocation preference. I only wish more contributors to this column as residents of the city could see eye 2 eye without polarised views of each other. Your biggest weakness is the intolerance displayed to each other on these pages. I for one hav excellent childhood memories of Bradford where i spent much holiday time at my grandparents. Your city Your council only You can make it wat u wish it to be. The economic facts are laid bare taking into account the socio/economic make up of the city the Labour party is ur best option for the majority of residents. P.s i voted tory at the last general election. NEVER again mustnotgrumble
  • Score: 3

12:08pm Sat 23 Aug 14

They only do damage! says...

mustnotgrumble wrote:
It saddens me that the most poignant image of bradford is its 2 riots that ultimately caused the city to go back many decades in terms of outside investment, jobs and business relocation preference. I only wish more contributors to this column as residents of the city could see eye 2 eye without polarised views of each other. Your biggest weakness is the intolerance displayed to each other on these pages. I for one hav excellent childhood memories of Bradford where i spent much holiday time at my grandparents. Your city Your council only You can make it wat u wish it to be. The economic facts are laid bare taking into account the socio/economic make up of the city the Labour party is ur best option for the majority of residents. P.s i voted tory at the last general election. NEVER again
Labour? Is the best option for which residents, and what about the other residents. Are you asking people to surrender there views!!!. The (Labour) council have created all the problems of today, locally, nationaly and internationally!!!.

There are very view opertunities because of the negative view of Bradford, we don't need businesses making money out of peoples misery, they are only interested in them making money!. The best option would be to pay for nationaly recognised apprenticeships, that would give them the best chance of leaving.
[quote][p][bold]mustnotgrumble[/bold] wrote: It saddens me that the most poignant image of bradford is its 2 riots that ultimately caused the city to go back many decades in terms of outside investment, jobs and business relocation preference. I only wish more contributors to this column as residents of the city could see eye 2 eye without polarised views of each other. Your biggest weakness is the intolerance displayed to each other on these pages. I for one hav excellent childhood memories of Bradford where i spent much holiday time at my grandparents. Your city Your council only You can make it wat u wish it to be. The economic facts are laid bare taking into account the socio/economic make up of the city the Labour party is ur best option for the majority of residents. P.s i voted tory at the last general election. NEVER again[/p][/quote]Labour? Is the best option for which residents, and what about the other residents. Are you asking people to surrender there views!!!. The (Labour) council have created all the problems of today, locally, nationaly and internationally!!!. There are very view opertunities because of the negative view of Bradford, we don't need businesses making money out of peoples misery, they are only interested in them making money!. The best option would be to pay for nationaly recognised apprenticeships, that would give them the best chance of leaving. They only do damage!
  • Score: 1

7:46pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Not so simple says...

The closet racists and some down right fascists are having a field day ranting about how bad religions are and how all Paedo's and groomers are using religion to abuse children etc....this is far from the truth and has been proven to be a false propaganda hijacked by the sad excuse we have for a mainstream media.

Let me explain to the really dumb ones who are brainwashed : no religion encourages the followers to commit crimes in it's name...those who commit any crime from theft
To child abuse to killing innocents are evil twisted persons who will encounter the wrath of God, be he the Muslim God, the Christian God, Jewish God or any God for that matter.

Anyone who thinks that God has ordered people to hurt fellow persons is seriously deluded and stupid would be a pleasant way to describe these stupid tw@ts who come up with misquoted and out of context texts to show the world how stupid they really are.

Live and let live, if you cannot do that then please die for the sake of humanity as your evil opinions are not worthy of debate or consideration....sav
e it for the lunatic asylum or your local fascist inspired political party.
The closet racists and some down right fascists are having a field day ranting about how bad religions are and how all Paedo's and groomers are using religion to abuse children etc....this is far from the truth and has been proven to be a false propaganda hijacked by the sad excuse we have for a mainstream media. Let me explain to the really dumb ones who are brainwashed : no religion encourages the followers to commit crimes in it's name...those who commit any crime from theft To child abuse to killing innocents are evil twisted persons who will encounter the wrath of God, be he the Muslim God, the Christian God, Jewish God or any God for that matter. Anyone who thinks that God has ordered people to hurt fellow persons is seriously deluded and stupid would be a pleasant way to describe these stupid tw@ts who come up with misquoted and out of context texts to show the world how stupid they really are. Live and let live, if you cannot do that then please die for the sake of humanity as your evil opinions are not worthy of debate or consideration....sav e it for the lunatic asylum or your local fascist inspired political party. Not so simple
  • Score: 0

7:47pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Not so simple says...

Not so simple wrote:
The closet racists and some down right fascists are having a field day ranting about how bad religions are and how all Paedo's and groomers are using religion to abuse children etc....this is far from the truth and has been proven to be a false propaganda hijacked by the sad excuse we have for a mainstream media.

Let me explain to the really dumb ones who are brainwashed : no religion encourages the followers to commit crimes in it's name...those who commit any crime from theft
To child abuse to killing innocents are evil twisted persons who will encounter the wrath of God, be he the Muslim God, the Christian God, Jewish God or any God for that matter.

Anyone who thinks that God has ordered people to hurt fellow persons is seriously deluded and stupid would be a pleasant way to describe these stupid tw@ts who come up with misquoted and out of context texts to show the world how stupid they really are.

Live and let live, if you cannot do that then please die for the sake of humanity as your evil opinions are not worthy of debate or consideration....sav

e it for the lunatic asylum or your local fascist inspired political party.
Touch sensitive screens : put comment on wrong article lol
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: The closet racists and some down right fascists are having a field day ranting about how bad religions are and how all Paedo's and groomers are using religion to abuse children etc....this is far from the truth and has been proven to be a false propaganda hijacked by the sad excuse we have for a mainstream media. Let me explain to the really dumb ones who are brainwashed : no religion encourages the followers to commit crimes in it's name...those who commit any crime from theft To child abuse to killing innocents are evil twisted persons who will encounter the wrath of God, be he the Muslim God, the Christian God, Jewish God or any God for that matter. Anyone who thinks that God has ordered people to hurt fellow persons is seriously deluded and stupid would be a pleasant way to describe these stupid tw@ts who come up with misquoted and out of context texts to show the world how stupid they really are. Live and let live, if you cannot do that then please die for the sake of humanity as your evil opinions are not worthy of debate or consideration....sav e it for the lunatic asylum or your local fascist inspired political party.[/p][/quote]Touch sensitive screens : put comment on wrong article lol Not so simple
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