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Eight housing apprenticeships launched in Sheffield

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

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Sheffield City Council has launched a new apprenticeship scheme in all aspects of housing for “enthusiastic” young people.

Eight places are available as part of a pilot project this September, with a full launch planned for next year.

The scheme includes repairs and maintenance, rent payments, re-letting empty homes, money advice, supporting tenant volunteers and general administration.

Many former apprentices, including Robert Barker (photo), have gained permanent employment with the council.

The 24-year-old Barker, now a permanent housing officer based at Crystal Peaks, said the scheme "ticked all the right boxes for me," adding "I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship if you want a career in local government".

Councillor Harry Harpham, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said: "We are seeking passionate, customer-focused people to join one of the best housing services in the country. This new scheme will provide young people with vital skills and experiences which will hopefully stand them in good stead for the future. However, we will also benefit because the trainees will contribute enormously to the service customers receive."

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