Sheffield council's housing service launches apprenticeship scheme
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Sheffield City Council’s housing service is launching a new apprenticeship scheme with eight places available as part of a pilot project this September.
A full launch is planned for next year.
The scheme will include repairs and maintenance, rent payments, re-letting empty homes, money advice, supporting tenant volunteers and general administration.
The council said many previous apprentices, including Oliver Foulds (photo), had gone on to gain permanent employment with the local authority.
The 23-year-old Foulds, who works in maintenance, said: "I have met lots of new people, formed good working relationships with colleagues and customers, and learnt new skills that I feel will stand me in good stead for the future.
"Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a proper salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience."
Councillor Harry Harpham, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said it was a win-win situation.
"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," Harpham said. "However, we will also benefit because the trainees will contribute enormously to the service customers receive."