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Mark Telling – Warehouse Operative at Nationwide Window Ltd’s Swindon depot – recently took part in an interview with leading housing publication Inside Housing in support of an article being produced with Sovereign Housing. The article will highlight both Sovereign’s and Nationwide’s commitment to assisting tenants to find sustainable work in the local area.
Mark lives in Swindon in a Sovereign Housing property and following serious injury, where he was paralysed for six months, was looking to make a return to work with a new job. Sovereign put Mark forward for the Warehouse Operative’s role at our Swindon depot under the programme which is working with supply chain partners, such as Nationwide, to help residents into employment, training and better work in the Swindon and surrounding areas.
Nationwide’s Swindon depot opened just over a year ago and is now running three major social housing refurbishment contracts – Sovereign Housing, Aster and Greensquare – and has thirteen installation teams covering the South and South West region. Chris Bowen, Nationwide Senior Project Manager, who looks after the Sovereign contract and Swindon depot comments: “Mark has now been with us for nine months and manages this small, but extremely busy depot, very well. He works hard and often goes over and above to ensure that our teams have everything they need to complete their daily jobs – he has even opted to spend some time on-site to better understand the process of fitting windows and doors. Mark has made a big contribution to the success of depot and the contracts it covers.
“It was a privilege to present Mark to the Inside Housing editor and team from Sovereign and he represented himself and the company well to such an important industry publication.”
Mark told Inside Housing he was “really happy at Nationwide – a great company to work for,” and explained that he is about to embark on NVQ Warehouse Management through our GQA Approved in-house training centre and is “looking forward to gaining a qualification doing the job he loves”.