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Office based apprentices gain experience in the maintenance field

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Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities

Charlie Burton and Jeremy Greenfield with Sanctuary Maintenance operatives Charlie Burton and Jeremy Greenfield with Sanctuary Maintenance operatives

Two office-based apprentices rolled up their sleeves and spent the day with Sanctuary Maintenance operatives in Leeds, as part of a job swap organised in support of National Apprenticeship Week.

Office workers Jeremy Greenfield and Charlie Burton, who work for leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group, shadowed the maintenance operatives and got involved with different tasks including stripping kitchens, fitting new units and hanging doors.

Jeremy Greenfield, administration apprentice at Sanctuary, said: “The operatives were great to work with; they gave us hands on experience and supported us as we tried different tasks.”

Both Jeremy and Charlie said the day underlined the importance of good communication and team working, skills that they can use in any area of their work.

Andy Thornton, trade supervisor at Sanctuary Maintenance, said: “The day was enjoyed by everyone involved and the apprentices were willing to learn and get stuck in. We are always keen to give our apprentices as many opportunities as possible and it was great that we could help apprentices from other parts of the company.”

National apprenticeship week runs from the 3– 7 March 2014 and celebrates the talent and successes of apprentices up and down the country. It also aims to increase awareness and understanding of the apprenticeship route as an element of higher education.

Charlie Burton, advanced recruitment apprentice at Sanctuary, said:

“With my role in the recruitment team, opportunities like this, allow me to develop a better understanding of the different roles across the organisation and this helps me with my day-to-day tasks.”

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