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Alison hopes to be a Housing Hero

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

A Together Housing Group mentor is in the running to become a Housing Hero.

Alison Clews, Skills and Enterprise Co-ordinator, is on the shortlist for the title of Inside Housing’s Inspirational Mentor of the Year.

Alison works with apprentices and helps to co-ordinate their learning and work programmes across the Together Housing Group.

But it’s her pastoral work, or “Apprentice mum” role, that she does with the apprentices who sometimes lead chaotic lives that makes her stand out from the crowd.

The Group offers work opportunities to those young people who weren’t suited to mainstream education and Alison’s role in developing our support for them is fundamental in ensuring their time is productive.

And the apprenticeship programme has been an overwhelming success with many winning awards and also going on to secure permanent employment.

Twin Valley homes has also been recognised as one of the top employer of apprentices in the UK.

Alison said: “My job is also my passion and to have even made the shortlist for this award is a huge honour.

“I’m so proud of the work we’ve done with our apprentices and it’s fantastic to watch them grow as people and develop their skills.

“Our apprenticeship programme is second to none and it’s all down to the hard work of all the staff and mentors who make it possible.”

Steve Close, Together Housing Group Chief Executive, added: “We’re very proud of our apprenticeship programme and very proud of the people who make it happen.

“Alison truly is an inspiration and we wish her all the very best at the awards ceremony.”

The awards ceremony will be held in Manchester on Monday June 23, 2014

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