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Merlin funds apprenticeships


Published by Hywel Lloyd for Merlin Housing Society in Housing and also in Education

Merlin Housing Society has shown its commitment to building strong communities by announcing it is funding new apprenticeships with other organisations.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week the housing association has agreed to fund a business administration apprenticeship at the Armadillo Youth Centre in Yate, and a catering apprenticeship at Brooks Café at Coniston Community Centre in Patchway.

It is the second time Merlin has funded an apprenticeship at the Armadillo, having sponsored a catering apprentice in 2011, but the apprenticeship at Brooks Café is a new one.

Katie Donovan, Business Development Manager at Southern Brooks Community Partnership which runs the café said: “This apprenticeship is something new for us and is about giving a local person an opportunity to start their career. Merlin has been so supportive by agreeing to fund this apprenticeship with us.

Merlin’s Community Investment Officer Louisa Massey said: “We’re delighted to be able to support these new opportunities for young people to take their first steps in their careers.

“These are apprenticeships in roles which have good long-term career prospects and can make a real difference to young people who are looking to get their career off to a great start. And as well as these two we’re also looking at funding another apprenticeship with a partner organisation in Cadbury Heath later this year.

“As the largest social landlord in South Gloucestershire we want to build strong communities by offering apprenticeships. We already take on ten apprenticeships ourselves every year and our sponsorship of these three positions just strengthens this commitment.”

Merlin has just recruited six new apprentices as part of its annual intake. The offers were made after a successful recruitment drive to fill the positions which saw more than 200 people express an interest in the roles and 100 actually apply for the apprentice bricklayer, painter and decorator and electrician roles. The six young people will be starting their apprenticeships in the next few weeks.

The apprenticeships at the Armadillo and Brooks Café will be advertised next month.


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