13 December 2016

Eleven young people have got their careers off to a great start with a housing apprenticeship at Sheffield City Council.

They will spend the next two years gaining valuable skills and experience, leading to an NVQ qualification and the possibility of a permanent job.

Their work will cover all aspects of housing, including repairs and maintenance, rent payments, re-letting empty homes, money advice, estate services and general administration.

Harry Heyworth joined as a housing apprentice in May this year and has already secured a full time post in repairs and maintenance.

“After going to an open day, I decided to do a traineeship first as I thought it would give me a better chance of getting an apprenticeship,” said Harry, aged 18, from Heeley.

“Once I’ve done my current job for five years, I will be qualified for a better paid role in the same team. Ultimately, I see myself building a career with the council, whichever area that may be in.”

Edward Wragg hopes his surveying apprenticeship will lead to a full time job.

“I have already learnt so much and it isn’t just the same thing all day long – my workload is really varied,” said Edward, 19, of Wisewood.

“I feel this is the big stepping stone for my career and the right place to start training to become a surveyor. I would definitely recommend this scheme to others – the Council looks after its apprentices.”

Another apprentice Samuel Briggs, aged 18 of Thorncliffe, said: “I was not enjoying college so my mum suggested this. Having looked into it myself, I decided to give it a try.

“I’m hoping it could lead to a career with the council, at a higher level with greater responsibility, and further qualifications.”

Fifteen other apprentices joined the authority’s housing team two years ago and are now coming to the end of their apprenticeships. Eight of them have already secured permanent posts at the council and 11 have also completed their qualifications. Others have gained valuable experience that will help them progress their career elsewhere.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the apprentices on their achievements so far.

“I’m sure this will be the start of a promising and exciting career that will provide lots of great opportunities in the future.

“However, we will also benefit because the trainees will contribute enormously to the service customers receive.”

Apprenticeships are a great way to gain recognised qualifications whilst getting paid.

More housing apprenticeships will be advertised early next year.

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