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Cross Keys Homes’ pre-Apprentices reach half way milestone

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Published by Katie for Cross Keys Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Local Government

Cross Keys Homes’ pre-Apprentices: Stacey, Rebecca, Greta, Michaela and Cameron. Cross Keys Homes’ pre-Apprentices: Stacey, Rebecca, Greta, Michaela and Cameron.

Cross Keys Homes’ fourth cohort of pre-Apprentices are this week celebrating their three month milestone, marking the half-way point of their paid work experience.

In total 15 places were offered with pre-Apprentices working at Mears, Peterborough Rainbow Savers, Peterborough City Council, Peterborough Workspace and Ormiston Bushfield Academy as well as at Cross Keys Homes.

Thanks to funding from the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the housing association was able to extend their successful scheme and bring on board the city’s Tackling Worklessness in Peterborough consortium and Jobcentre Plus clients (aged 16-24).

Cross Keys Homes’ Communications and Marketing pre-Apprentice, Rebecca Backham, said: “I started at Cross Keys Homes back in March and I am so glad I did! This opportunity has opened so many doors for me and has helped me to develop an array of skills and abilities that I never knew I had!

“I’m so thankful that I was given this chance and I’ve finally got some positive choices for the future!”

The pre-Apprentices have been training in a variety of areas and have been actively participating in extra courses provided for them, such as Excel Masterclasses and First Aid qualifications.

Cross Keys Homes’ Community Investment Manager, Christina Malle: “Since August 2012, our Moving 4ward programme has helped many under 19’s who are Not in Employment, Education or Training, known as NEET, get the support and skills required to move forward with their lives with more than 80% of them now in further education, employment or training.

“We are really proud of the many achievements that our young people have accomplished already in only three months and look forward to the next half of their training to continue to watch them flourish.”

Cross Keys Homes’ Deputy Chief Executive and LEP Board Member, Claire Higgins, added: “We are extremely committed to tackling unemployment in general as well as helping young people move forward with their lives and our work over the last 10 years has hopefully demonstrated this. We hope that by receiving training and support the young people we are assisting can more easily get into the world of work and so ensure their future happiness and prosperity.

“Cross Keys Homes is truly delighted that we have been able to support so many successful pre-Apprentices to date and hope to continue doing so as long as there is a need for it.”

Cross Keys Homes also works with Peterborough City Council's 0-19 Service and Jobcentre Plus to deliver its Moving 4ward programme.

For more information about Cross Keys Homes’ Moving 4ward programme or if you are a local business and would like to get involved in this scheme, contact Helen Hutchinson on: 01733 385058. 

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