HUGO Centre gives career boost

Admir Sarvan is enjoying a new career with Keepmoat after getting help from the work club at Leeds Fed's HUGO Centre.

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Admir Sarvan visited the work club for help to improve his CV. While he was there, he heard about Kickstart, a six-week course run by Keepmoat in partnership with Leeds Federated.   He applied and was offered a place on the course which gives practical skills training in a variety of areas such as joinery and plumbing. At the end of the course, he successfully applied for one of three two-year apprenticeships. He now works for Keepmoat full-time as a multi-operative apprentice and is working towards an accredited Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) qualification.  

HUGO Centre

Admir is one of many local residents the HUGO Centre’s work club has helped since it started in February. It takes place every Thursday morning from 9am to 12pm and is a drop in session so anyone interested can pop in to get job search advice and help with their CV. The club takes place in the digital hub which has internet access for job searches and applications. A careers adviser from igen careers and personal development service is also available to give advice.  

Since opening in January around 1,500 people from the local community have visited the HUGO centre. It offers a wide variety of training courses and fun activities, from workshops to help people get online, to ESOL English classes and even Zumba. Free internet access is available in the digital hub and the HUGO team are on hand to help people get on line.  

Kielly Harrower, Employment and Skills Officer for Leeds Federated said:

The work club is for everyone in the local community who wants careers advice or help to find a job. We are delighted that Admir heard about Kickstart at the work club and was successful in getting an apprenticeship. We wish him the very best for his new career.”  

Admir Sarvan said:

I’m really grateful for the help given to me by the HUGO centre work club. The apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to progress my career and I‘m enjoying my new job with Keepmoat. It makes such a difference to have a full-time post that has good prospects for the future.”  

Helen Francis, Business Development Manager at Keepmoat Property Services said:

We are delighted to welcome Admir to the team; Admir is one of three apprentices recruited through the Leeds Kickstart programme. Apprentices are an integral part of Keepmoat’s workforce as we look to try and build the next generation of construction talent. Investing in apprenticeships is not just about creating short-term jobs, but teaching our apprentices skills which will help them to build life-long careers and developing local communities.”  

For more information about the HUGO centre which is in Leeds Federated’s Arthington House on Westfield Road, email or call Kielly Harrower on 0113 386 1027.