Eight new apprentices start work at GGHT
Published by Golden Gates Housing Trust for Golden Gates Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Education
New GGHT Property Services Apprentices
Eight lucky residents from Warrington were celebrating this week after starting work as apprentices with Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT). The successful new recruits will be working in the Trust’s property services division, spending their time learning a trade. They will have the opportunity to be involved in the day to day response repairs service, as well as some of the capital investment projects which the Trust is involved in to improve their tenants’ homes.
The new apprentices include four electricians, two roofers, one plumber and one plasterer. Their apprenticeship will last up to three years and it will entail gaining experience within the Housing Trust, alongside an NVQ qualification in their relevant trade through Warrington Collegiate.
Each year a number of ambitious, hard-working individuals have been given the opportunity to learn a range of skills by working with the Trust’s experienced trades people. This year was no different and the Trust was overwhelmed with over 150 perspective applicants applying for the eight positions, giving staff the unenviable task of narrowing it down to the best candidates.
GGHT are committed to giving the town’s younger residents and those who have been long-term unemployed the best possible opportunity to access all positions and apprenticeships with the Trust. The unsuccessful applicants were invited to sign up for the Trust’s Positive Change initiative and take part in their newly established ‘1st steps to trade programme’. This offers candidates a range of courses for free, including Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Manual Handling, First Aid, Working at Heights and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). The programme also includes a two week work placement with Keepmoat’s Plumbing and Window fitting teams on GGHT properties.
Roy Smith, Chair of the GGHT Board, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming these new staff to join us. Apprenticeships are a brilliant opportunity for young people to get their feet on the career ladder and hone their skills and trades. We have been elated with the success of our first apprentices and look forward to watching our new recruits develop.”
New apprentice, Nick Chambers, said: “I know I am very lucky to have been able to secure an apprenticeship with GGHT but at the same time I know I have worked incredibly hard to get this. I can’t wait to get started now!”