Apprentices get stuck in
Published by Karen Connell for Sentinel Housing Association Ltd in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Sentinel Apprentices on their first day
Local young people who are unemployed and no longer in full-time education are being given the chance to earn while they learn as North Hampshire landlord Sentinel Housing Association re-launches its Apprenticeship programme.
In partnership with Academy 4 Housing, Sentinel welcomes aboard three new Housing Apprentices: Charlotte Adams, Luwana Osterbry and Aimee Watts. Over the next year the new recruits will gain practical experience working with Sentinel’s neighbourhood, customer service and property service teams, while studying towards an NVQ level 2 in housing.
Sentinel Chief Executive Martin Nurse explains: “We think apprenticeships are a great way to provide work and training – particularly for young people. With the latest youth unemployment figures at 22.2% we’re proud to be part of the national drive to deliver work-based training. By giving young people a chance to kick-start their careers we are growing the local skills base and supporting the local economy.”
Andrew Craig, managing director of A4H, adds: “Apprenticeships are the most successful way to develop and retain effective employees. The training ensures that apprentices engage in living the vision and the values. We are delighted to be working with Sentinel to support the development of these young adults and provide them with the necessary skills to start their careers in the housing sector.”
Last year’s intake was a real success, with three apprentices out of four going on to fully paid employment, including one, Stacie Ezard, who continues to work at Sentinel. “This has been an amazing journey and my confidence has soared,” says Stacie. “I feel very lucky to have been able to work and study at Sentinel, and I’ve been so well supported. An apprenticeship is a process of self-discovery, so to anyone thinking about taking this career path I’d say: go for it!”
Each apprentice is supported by a Sentinel mentor and supervised by an A4H assessor to help them get the best out of the scheme. Achieving their qualifications – together with hands-on experience – will give them great career prospects. And the icing on the cake is that they get paid too.
With a commitment to providing 25 apprenticeships over the next three years at their offices and through their partners, Sentinel hopes to announce more opportunities soon.
Find out more at www.sentinelha.org.uk/great-opportunities