OUR TEAMS

We have a range of teams across Homeworks who help to serve the community.

  • Aids and Adaptations 
  • Handyman Service 
  • Caretakers 
  • Grounds Maintenance 
  • Tree Works

We provide support with house clearances, gardening work, tree care and surgery, supporting Aspire Housing tenants with general maintenance and adaptation work, rubbish and fly-tipping clearance and more. 

Our teams work closely with a range of young, aspiring apprentices to provide useful work experience and to help build communication and a positive work ethic.

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LEO MCMULKIN
Director of Homeworks

 

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NEIL HOLMES
Contracts Manager

 

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MATT RAY
Contracts Manager

 

TEAM LEADER SPOTLIGHT

Alan Stanley, Painting and Decorating

“My role is team leader for the Painter and Decorators, I usually start the day by organising the learners on vans in the mornings. Day to day you will often find myself and a team painting vacant Aspire Housing properties and Stoke-on-Trent City Council properties. My role will also consist of regular one to ones and conducting van checks. I've been at Achieve Training now for over 8 years.

After over 40 years in the trade I am proud of the work Achieve Training do with trainees that would struggle to get employment. My best advise for a young learner would be, pick a job you enjoy. You’re going to be working for the next 50 years so make it a good one!”

 

TEAM LEADER SPOTLIGHT

Dave Bailey, Team Leader 

"My role involves the day to day management of two large Homeworks contracts and the staff attached to those contracts. My nine garden supervisors maintain just under a 1000 gardens on a six visit regime. The supervisors take out up to five Achieve Training learners per day, the learners help the supervisors at each property and pick up valuable skills along the way.

The other contract I mange is the Aspire Housing Tree Works contract. My tree team manage the large tree stock on all Aspire Housing property, this includes pruning, reductions, felling, and surveys. We also carry out private tree works across the city, which is an area we are now growing.

I've seen first-hand young people coming in to our buildings low on confidence & self-esteem, months later these individuals have an abundance of skills & confidence to face the big wide world. It's well worth taking the step and contacting Achieve Training or attending an open evening, it may be the best decision you ever made!"

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  • 29th July 2021

Becoming a Bricklaying Apprentice with Louis Hay

Louis Hay, 19 from Meir is steaming ahead towards success on his final year of his Level 2 bricklaying apprenticeship. Having recently become a dad, he is looking forward to prepare for his future as a self-employed bricklayer to support his family.

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  • 20th May 2021

Gas Engineering Success with Matt Forrester

Matt Forrester, 22 from Tunstall, is excelling in his career since becoming a gas and plumbing apprentice. But it wasn't always so easy. He was unsure what to do when leaving school, and with advice from careers advisors and friends, his options weren't clear.

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  • 1st April 2021

Achieve Training is the new name in inspirational apprenticeships 

Stoke-based apprenticeship provider PM Training has relaunched as Achieve Training, undergoing a total brand refresh. 

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  • 14th December 2020

Guide to Pruning Shrubs

Pruning shrubs is simply cutting small plants with woody stems/branches. Pruning has many benefits - it makes plants healthier and helps in protecting against fungal infections/diseases. It also encourages the growth of fruits and flowers. The key is when and how you prune a shrub – so we’ve written this handy guide to keep you in the know!

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  • 9th December 2020

Understanding Garden Pests and Fungus

Garden pests and fungal diseases are the bane of a healthy garden. Garden pests are organisms that chew on your plants and shrubs – they often cause damage. Not all garden pests have to be eliminated but there are common bad pests that you will have to know about and deal with. Fungal diseases are also common – plants are vulnerable to many diseases and without the proper care an entire garden can be affected.

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  • 4th December 2020

Principles of Mowing a Lawn

Before you get started mowing your lawn, you are going to need a lawnmower. This might sound obvious, but once you start shopping for a mower, you’ll soon realise there is a vast range of different types and varieties. The type of lawnmower you choose is an important decision. It must suit your needs. It will one of the most-used pieces of gardening equipment and there are things to consider. Do you want a cylinder or rotary mower? Should it be a ride-on or hover mower? If this all sounds like nonsense to you, then don’t worry – you’re not alone! That’s why we’ve written this handy guide to get you started in the world of maintaining your lawn.

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