Double success for Dale & Valley Homes
Published by Frances Griss for Dale & Valley Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Wear Valley company Dale & Valley Homes has been named as the top employer of young people of its size in the North East.
Last night ( 18/9/12) the firm won the regional Apprentice Awards’ Medium Employer of the Year and now goes on to a national final.
Clair Ord, a former apprentice herself and now customer insight manager at Dale & Valley Homes, won the Apprentice Champion award, bringing a second prize to the company.
Peter Chaffer, chief executive, said: “More than a quarter of the people who work at Dale & Valley Homes have come through our apprentice scheme, which we run in partnership with Bishop Auckland College.
“Together we have shown that having faith in young people and giving them the chance to develop their careers can have a very positive effect on the company. We have taken youngsters straight from school or college and trained them to work across our organisation.
“Because they are local people they understand our customers, and helping local youngsters into work means we are supporting the economy as well as providing housing services.
“We are also working with our contractors to provide apprenticeships in trades which we cannot offer at our headquarters.
“Winning the Medium employer of the Year award underlines the efforts we have put in over many years to create real jobs and real opportunities for young people in this area. We are looking forward to the national finals and seeing what other employers are doing around the country.”
Clair Ord was an apprentice at Dale & Valley Homes five years ago. Since then her personal commitment to professional development has meant she has pursued increasingly higher qualifications and has become a part of the senior management team. She is in charge of several apprentices in her team and passes on her own experience o help them move forward in their careers.
Last year Clair was named as 24 Housing’s Young Leader of 2011 and gave her prize, a training course, to a junior member of her team.
Clair said: “My apprenticeship was an opportunity for me to find a job I was interested in and wanted to progress at. It was a new start after I decided to change direction from hospitality into housing.
“Without the apprenticeship I would not have had that chance, and I want to encourage other young people to consider it as a way into a good job.”
The Apprenticeship Award underlines Dale & Valley Homes’ commitment to being a good employer. The company came 11th in the Sunday Times Best Not for Profit Companies to Work For earlier this year.
The National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers and their apprentices. They are organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which received more than 1,500 high quality entrants this year.
The winners were announced at a ceremony at the The Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham on Tuesday night.