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RESIDENTS at a block of flats and students are taking part in a week-long training programme to kick-start their prospects.

Portsmouth City Council is working with contractors Keepmoat, which has been carrying out the refurbishment of 107-flat Wilmcote House in Somers Town since July, to offer the Kick-Start programme.

It aims to give unemployed people the skills, experience and support to find a new job or apprenticeship.

The eight men taking part will gain experience by working alongside two Keepmoat contractors to prepare and redecorate three rooms at Somers Town’s Omega Centre.

Mark Crane, divisional director for Keepmoat, said: ‘We hope that the works carried out to the Omega Centre will improve the use of the facilities, encourage the participants to continue on their journey to a career in construction and leave a lasting legacy for future generations in Portsmouth.’

Wilmcote House is a three-block local authority housing unit built in the late 1960s.