KEIGHLEY social housing group Incommunities has been shortlisted for a coveted award.

It is a finalist in the UK Housing Awards, for its work helping residents into jobs and training.

Incommunities' employability team works with jobseekers and employers, through the STEP programme – part of Bradford Council’s Get Bradford Working campaign.

Last year, it arranged over 150 paid work placements – many with Incommunities – and worked with scores of other employers.

And it helped nearly 400 learners complete employability skills courses.

The team also runs free English and maths classes, which have been attended by more than 130 tenants and residents.

"It’s a fabulous achievement to make the awards shortlist and a testament to the commitment of staff and customers to build better lives," said Geraldine Howley, Incommunities' group chief executive.

"In many cases this involves helping people overcome personal barriers and supporting them on their journey into work or to access training that will assist them.

"It is another example of how Incommunities’ work goes beyond just providing homes. I am delighted that we have been recognised."

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on May 1.