Apprentices get chance to shine at SFHA annual conference
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
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Apprentices will showcase their talent at the annual conference of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.
The Glasgow Hilton event, held today and Friday, highlights the need for investment in apprentices for the future benefit of the social housing sector and the young people themselves.
The conference theme is 'Leading Change', which focuses on the strong leadership required to guide the sector through the challenges it is currently experiencing
The ‘Apprentice Challenge’, sponsored by City Building, will see 19 young workers from housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland take on a task over the course of the event. During the challenge, the apprentices will work in teams to design a sustainable community which is economically, environmentally and socially healthy for current and future generations. The challenge aims to equip the young people with new skills and knowledge which they can transfer to their working environment.
The teams will comprise six key jobs roles including a housing association chairperson, housing director, finance manager, housing manager, community benefits manager and housing maintenance manager.
The apprentices will present their ideas on Friday and conference delegates will vote to decide on who wins the challenge.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is a speaker on Thursday, said: "The Apprentice Challenge is a fantastic showcase for young apprentices. By investing in them now we are investing in an innovative and exciting industry in the future."
SFHA chief executive Mary Taylor said: "Having benefited personally from employment traineeships in my youth, I know just how important it is for us to encourage investment in the next generation of housing workers."