Worcester apprentice offers helping hand to homeless
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Education, Housing
A Worcester apprentice has taken time out of his job to give back to the local community as part of an activity to mark National Apprenticeship Week.
Rob Walters, who currently works as a qualifications administration assistant for leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group, stepped out of the office and into the community to volunteer at Worcester’s Maggs Day Centre and help give the homeless scheme a makeover.
The 27-year-old was on hand to help out with sprucing up the interior of the centre with a lick of paint to give it a refreshed look. Rob also had the opportunity to meet some of the service users at the centre who were thankful for his hard work.
Speaking about his experience, Rob said: “It was a great opportunity to go out and make a difference in the community. Maggs Day Centre offers a fantastic service to so many people and I was pleased to be able to offer them a helping hand to brighten up the centre.
“It was also a great chance for me to meet some of the service users. Sanctuary has a number of schemes supporting homeless and socially isolated people so it was great to see how this type of service can help them.”
The activity was just one of a number organised by Sanctuary in support of National Apprenticeship Week – an annual event, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), which celebrates the talents and skills of apprentices and the value of apprenticeship programmes.
A Top 100 Apprentice Employer, Sanctuary operates a UK-wide apprenticeship scheme which helps provide support to a variety of different business operations across the Group. Sanctuary is one of the country’s leading providers of apprenticeships and the Group currently employs 305 apprentices, of which 131 are employed directly and 174 indirectly through partnership arrangements with development contractors.
Successful candidates take part in specifically designed programmes, providing them with the opportunity to study for practical qualifications, gain on-the-job experience and a strong grounding in a particular aspect of the business, whilst improving their confidence and self-esteem.
Programmes are currently up and running in several business areas including finance, IT, business administration, health and social care, housing, HR, maintenance, horticulture, health and social care, and hospitality and catering.
For more information on the apprenticeship opportunities available at Sanctuary visit www.sanctuary-apprenticeships.co.uk