Shepherds Bush Housing Group celebrates National Apprenticeship Week
Published by C Williams for Shepherds Bush Housing Association in Housing and also in Care and Support
Shepherds Bush Housing Group apprentices swapped the workplace for drop-in centres in Lord Sugar-style challenges for National Apprenticeship Week.
The week (3-7 March), which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
SBHG’s 23 apprentices spilt into two teams and were given £150 to create a ‘day with a difference’ for visitors to SBHG’s St Margaret’s and Church Street drop-in centres.
One group cooked up a storm with hot meals, pancakes, pampering, magic and a spot of dancing. At Church St, visitors were treated to a trip to the museum, complete with tasty packed lunches and a sing-song.
Chief executive, Paul Doe, said: “We invest £250,000 a year in on apprenticeships, providing training, qualifications and experience to support young people to develop their careers. Whether it's in the office, on repair jobs, or building one of the 790 homes we’ll be co-building by 2015, we’re here to support apprentices.
“The Apprentice-style challenge provided an exciting opportunity for apprentices to build their skills, work as a team and do something really charming for our drop-in centre visitors.”
The enthusiasm and creativity of apprentices was celebrated with a restaurant dinner and awards ceremony.
Peter (pictured with apprentice,Shayne), is a regular visitor to St Margaret’s drop-in centre. He said: “It’s been marvellous to see so many people socialising and having a laugh. It’s what the centre is all about. I think the young people did extremely well and seeing them buzzing about and happy made it even more enjoyable for us. They have so much to offer.”