First step on the career ladder for lucky teens
Published by kerri smith for Thrive Homes in Housing and also in Education
Apprentices Daryl Hull and Max Carmody with Responsive repairs manager, Adrian Hipkiss.
Two lucky youngsters have taken their first step on the career ladder after being awarded places on Thrive Homes’ new apprenticeship scheme.
Daryl Hull and Max Carmody joined the world of work today when Thrive Homes launched its first ever apprenticeship scheme. They are training to become Maintenance Operatives.
The pair will be doing hands on work for the not-for-profit housing association for four days per week and will spend the fifth day in the classroom at West Herts College.
On successful completion of the two-year course, 19-year-old Daryl and 18-year-old Max will gain a Level Two NVQ.
They will be working alongside qualified colleagues who are responsible for repairing and maintaining empty properties before new tenants move in.
Thrive Homes owns and manages 3,700 rented and 445 leasehold properties in Hertfordshire.
Philip Day, Resources Director at Thrive Homes, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have launched our first apprenticeship scheme which will help to put these two talented young men on the road toward a successful career.
“Young people are finding it particularly difficult to secure a job at the moment but it is vital that they are given a chance to prove themselves. Apprenticeships are playing an important role in helping to revitalise the economy by allowing us to pass on important skills and knowledge to the next generation.
“The calibre of applicant for these two roles was extremely impressive and we are hopeful that we will be able to extend the programme in the next few years so that we can take on more apprentices in a wide variety of roles within the Thrive Homes’ family. Our mission is to improve and support the communities that we serve - this is one more way that we are fulfilling that pledge.”
The apprentices will earn more than minimum wage of £2.65 per hour.
The scheme is open to anyone over 16-years-old, from school leavers to people who have been working for years or those who are looking for a new career path.
The only requirement is that applicants must live in England and not be in full time education. Apprenticeships come in three levels; intermediate, advanced and higher.
For more information on the latest apprenticeship opportunities visit www.thrivehomes.org.uk