A HOUSING association constructing homes in Bridge of Earn delivered community benefit by recruiting two locals for the site.

Kingdom Housing Association worked in collaboration with Ogilvie Homes to draft two unemployed people from the local area as it delivers 20 affordable homes on behalf of Fairfield Housing Co-operative.

Kingdom partnered with Department of Work and Pensions colleagues and training provider Lowlands Training, which ran a Perth construction academy for 10 individuals, by offering work placements and financial support for work clothes to the academy participants.

After a successful work placement, Ogilvie Homes offered a labouring position to Garry Gannon and he joined the company as their second locally recruited labourer.

Garry said: “I am grateful for being given the opportunity to put the new skills I have learned at the academy into practice and very happy to be working for Ogilvie Homes.”

Michael Connolly, senior projects manager, added: “Ogilvie Homes are delighted to provide community benefits by supporting Kingdom Housing Association and their Construction Academy in creating work opportunities for young people within the local community and at the same time making progress in addressing the current skills shortage in the construction industry.”

Bill Banks, chief executive at Kingdom, said: “We have been successfully operating our employability project in Fife for 10 years, however funding constraints prevented us from expanding our employment and training initiatives into other areas.

“I’m delighted that we have now secured funding assistance from the Scottish Government which allows us to deliver enhanced community benefits as part of our new supply investment programme in Perth."