Westward Development Officer nominated for apprentice award
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Sam Novak with her certificates
Westward Development Officer Samantha Novak was among the nominees for a top South West apprentice award after being put forward by national training provider Centre for Housing and Support (CHS).
Sam was shortlisted in the apprentice category in the Cornwall College Student Star Awards 2014, held on June 19 in Newquay, for her positive attitude to learning despite being recently diagnosed with dyslexia.
Sam has trained with CHS to reach NVQ level 3 in Housing and Neighbourhood Management and gained an HND in Professional Housing Practice and Key Skills Level 3 in Communication and Application of Numbers.
The CHS said: “Sam was our chosen nominee for the apprentice award because, despite facing some challenges during her studies, she was consistently committed to achieving her best and her attitude to learning was exemplary.”
Sam, 29, has been working for Westward Housing for four and a half years after starting as a temporary worker and has worked her way up as an officer in the Development team.
Sam said: “I found the training hard at times but kept on with it. Thanks to Westward, my friends family and determination I now have a career in housing.”
Her role in development involves managing empty homes; property appraisals; disposals of properties, mortgage rescues and the handover of new homes for Westward in Devon and Cornwall
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