Ethical property maintenance
As a Social Enterprise, Aspire are committed to reinvesting profits for social purposes. Like any business, Aspire have to compete against other companies to get work. The difference is that, rather than profit, they are chasing a social mission.
Aspire work with Jobcentre Plus, housing associations and Probation services to give work opportunities to people who are normally excluded from the job market. Amongst the more experienced staff, they employ people who have been homeless, affected by drugs, or who have been convicted of minor offences. These people are given training, support and respect and in return they commit to being the best gardeners, painters and window cleaners that anyone could hope to meet.
Aspire’s no-nonsense approach to getting people back into employment really works. Recent research found that for every £1 invested in our apprenticeship scheme, they deliver £6.20 in social outcomes for the vulnerable people that they support.
Aspire give vulnerable people opportunities to get back into work. Contributing to society feels good and people with the most challenging backgrounds can quickly become loyal and committed workers.
“After making nearly one hundred applications for jobs I can’t tell you how pleased I am to be in work. Aspire believed in me when nobody else would because of my conviction. It’s great to have a new start, learn skills and develop a real career for myself – brilliant.”
Jimmy aged 23.
“Aspire have given me a fantastic opportunity – it’s so much better than college for learning how to do things professionally. When I was out of work with no job it really affected my confidence and I got down on myself. But now I’ve had the opportunity to learn from experts and develop a positive future for myself. I feel I’ve got real hope for my life, things are so different.”
Tom aged 29
“Aspire have given me a chance to develop new skills when nobody else would. I’ve had a huge amount of encouragement and input to ensure everything is done in a professional way to a great finish. I find this incredibly satisfying and having the skills to do a good job is fantastic. I’m so pleased to be in work I can’t tell you, being on benefits and being skint was so tough for me and the family. The kids are so happy and it gives a purpose to my life. I can now look after my family properly and I’ve learnt new skills that will help me for the rest of my life.”
Steve age 24