Woodberry Works is a programme funded by Hackney Homes, which we manage to create training and employment opportunities in the Woodberry Down area.

Manor House Development Trust has managed the Woodberry Works programme since 2009. We work closely with the London Borough of Hackney, Hackney Homes, Berkeley Homes and Genesis to coordinate training and employment in the area.

Woodberry Works TimelineWoodberry Works Timeline Funded projects

Woodberry Works Club
WW Club 2013 (2)Delivered in partnership with Genesis, this Information, Advice and Guidance service provided one-one support to identify a person’s training needs and any barriers to work.

It has developed a database of local residents, which MHDT has been able to use to make referrals to other local services and recruit for new training and job opportunities.

Get High
Get High Phase 1Get High is Manor House Development Trust’s bespoke Working at Heights training programme, which takes advantage of the rise in skyscraper construction and a growing demand from employers for workers with these skills. This course has allowed people, who would not normally be able to afford it, the opportunity to gain an IRATA Level 1 qualification.

The Built 2 Work project, led by MHDT was delivered in partnership with Construction Youth Trust and supported by local councillors. It offered construction training to Hackney residents aged 16-25. During and after the course, participants have access to employers, CSCS Health and Safety test, further training opportunities, mentoring, travel and subsistence and flexibility for lone parents.

Woodberry Training Partnership CIC
Picture1Woodberry Training Partnership CIC iCommunity Interest Company, which we created as a pop-up training centre. We partnered with Hackney Council, who provided disused land for free. This meant we could offer free training to local unemployed people. It has trained 60 Hackney residents on accredited courses ranging from First Aid Courses and Health and Safety Awareness to  site management qualifications.

Lisa Jennings, Mulalley and Co Ltd said “Woodberry Works makes a real difference to the lives of local people and leaves a lasting legacy in the Hackney community.”

Main achievements

Since 2009 Woodberry Works has:

  • Enrolled over 80% of those who registered with Woodberry Works Club on courses to gain employability qualifications
  • Supported 20% of those who registered with Woodberry Works Club into jobs
  • Set up the Get High programme, a working at heights course which offers 7 accreditations per person over 4 weeks.
  • Brought training opportunities to the area to the value of £76,000 in 2013/14.
  • Engaged with hard-to-reach residents, including BAME groups, NEETS, disabled people; single parents, ethnic minorities, ex-offenders, and ex-forces