Monday 9 March 2015

Fifteen young people got their new year off to a great start with a housing apprenticeship at Sheffield City Council.

They all took up their new posts in January and will spend the next two years gaining valuable skills and experience, leading to an NVQ in Business and Administration, Surveying or Horticulture.

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

Councillor Harry Harpham, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, 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.

Many of the Council Housing Service’s previous apprentices have gone on to become permanent members of staff.

Fifteen places were available last year as part of a pilot project. Later this year a further 20 apprenticeships will be advertised.

One of the successful candidates was 24 Alicia Bayliss who lives in Eckington. She said: “Getting on board with this apprenticeship is enabling me to work full time and gain a qualification which is relevant to my desired career path.

“As a council apprentice, I am offered a generous amount of training and opportunities which are great for my personal development.

“In the future, I hope to have a full time, permanent job with the Council so I can continue to grow within the organisation.”
Another apprentice Aamir Khan, 21 from Hillsborough said: “My previous work was in property and construction, an industry I really enjoy, which led me to apply for this apprenticeship.

“I also felt it was a fantastic opportunity and could see myself developing successfully through the scheme.

“In the future I hope to take in all the skills, qualifications and experience I have gained and hopefully apply for a full time role with the Council.”

Keep an eye out for more apprenticeship opportunities later this year at www.sheffield.gov.uk/councilhousing

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