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OUR 2021 APPRENTICESHIPS 

St Leger Homes are pleased to announce that our 2021 Apprenticeships have been launched during National Apprenticeship Week.   

Applications will open from Monday March 15th and If you want to be kept in touch about our new apprenticeship opportunities or have any questions then please email SLHDR@stlegerhomes.co.uk.

There will be a number of Apprenticeships available across a variety of trades and office roles, which will include:

  • Plasterers             

  • Plumbers              

  • Gas fitters             

  • Bricklayers             

  • Electricians             

  • Chartered Surveyor             

  • Learning & Development             

  • Business Administration


Sarah Moore, Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development,  commenting on the new apprenticeships says:

 "SLHD currently supports over 40 apprentices with plans to appoint a further 19 in the coming 12 months. Apprenticeships offer SLHD an excellent opportunity to identify existing and future gaps in our workforce and take action to grow our own talent of the future – we have seen some real successes been fortunate to be able to offer permanent roles to many of those that complete their apprenticeship with us."

 

There has never been a better time to consider applying for an apprenticeship. With the Government’s target to increase the number of apprentices to three million by 2020, the world of apprenticeships is rapidly changing. Apprenticeships are increasingly being recognised as a real alternative to traditional education routes and the range of apprenticeship qualifications goes to degree level and beyond.    

St Leger Homes has an excellent history of delivering successful apprenticeships and many of our apprentices have been really successful and progressed into permanent jobs at higher levels.  Historically, our apprenticeships have predominantly been across a variety of Trades roles including: Gas, Electrical, Plumbing, Plastering, Bricklaying and Roofing. However, we now also offer office-based apprenticeships, including: Business Administration, Customer Service, IT and HR to name but a few.

Please have a look below at the information around Apprenticeships and also the case studies from our current and former Apprentices.


An apprenticeship means doing a real job with quality training whilst gaining a qualification in the workplace. You'll earn a salary while you learn and be given allocated study time.

The features of an apprenticeship are:

  1. You'll be studying a nationally recognised qualification;
  2. You will receive a minimum of 12 months training, dependent on the qualification. This could be up to four years for a higher level qualification;
  3. You will be working typically at least 30 hours per week;
  4. There will be a mix of on the job training and classroom learning, dependent on the qualification; and
  5. Around 20 per cent of your working hours will be spent on study towards your qualification.

Our diverse and vast range of services bring great opportunities in different fields. There are also clear career pathways available and we are committed to supporting the personal development of our staff.

We would love you to be part of our future workforce and would do our best to make the apprenticeship journey the very best experience it can be for you.

Working at St Leger Homes can be extremely rewarding and provides a real opportunity to serve our residents and communities. Our staff need to be motivated, passionate and share our core values:

  • Fairness – act fairly, demonstrating our respect for all people and the things we do, creating a truly collaborative culture where everyone can thrive, be safe and learn from each other.

  • Excellence – strive for excellence in our work, delivering customer focussed services that consistently meet the needs of Doncaster communities and are ambitious for the future.

  • Empowerment – create a positive and can-do culture in which everyone is empowered to be the best they can be, is open and honest in their interactions and where constructive challenge is the norm.

  • Local – work with our colleague, tenants and partners to achieve more, being ambitious for Doncaster and taking pride in making a difference for our communities.

To help you make that decision, here are some of the benefits you will experience:

  • • Gaining valuable skills, experience and knowledge;
  • • Enhancing your employability, future job prospects and career opportunities;
  • • Receiving a salary whilst learning, avoiding significant debts which come from the traditional university route;
  • • Enhancing your social skills and confidence through working with others; and
  • • Potentially using an apprenticeship as an alternative route to gaining qualifications needed as entry requirements to higher-level qualifications.

St Leger Homes of Doncaster offers a variety of apprenticeships in roles across the business each year. These include construction-based roles in our Property Services teams eg. Gas & Plumbing, Electrical, Joinery, Bricklaying etc. and across the business, more office-based roles eg. Human Resources, ICT, Customer Services and Business Administration.  

Please visit our St Leger Homes jobs page for our current vacancies.

The following levels of qualifications are available through an apprenticeship:

Intermediate - level two

An intermediate apprenticeship is equivalent to five good GCSE passes. Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ level two.

Advanced - level three

An advanced apprenticeship is equivalent to two A-level passes. Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ level three.

Higher - levels four to seven

Higher apprenticeships offer a work-based learning programme and lead to a nationally recognised qualification at one of the following:

Levels four and five are equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree.

Level six is equivalent to a degree.

Level seven is equivalent to a master’s degree.

The level of apprenticeship pay may vary from role to role and will be made clear as part of the advert for a particular position.

One of the great benefits of an apprenticeship is the qualification is paid for by us, rather than you having to pay for it.

Working for St Leger Homes can offer fantastic career opportunities, benefits and rewards to anyone who works for us:

  • • One on One and team mentorship/support
  • • On the job training 
  • • Relevant external training and development
  • • Challenging and meaningful work to give you the opportunity to put your learning into practice

 

Please visit here for a more detailed breakdown of all our Pay and Benefits

Vacancies will be advertised on our jobs website and we recommend you keep an eye on it for new opportunities. You can also set up job alerts which will send you an email when a vacancy arises that matches the criteria you have set.

St Leger Homes jobs page


 Tom Blackburn – ICT Business and Technical Support Apprentice

Why did you choose a St Leger Apprenticeship?

I chose the degree apprenticeship at St Leger Homes because it provided me with an opportunity to attain a degree, and gain experience by applying my knowledge in a working environment.

What is your role as an apprentice and what kind of work does it involve?

My role within St Leger Homes is to work as a member or the IT team and provide IT support across the organisation. This includes, configuring and allocating mobile phones, answering phone calls and providing general IT support and advice to St Leger Homes staff. 

What has been the most rewarding part of your Apprenticeship so far?

The most rewarding part of my apprenticeship is working as part of the IT team and learning from other members of the team.

How has a St Leger Apprenticeship benefitted you?

The ability to put the skills I have learned into practice in a meaningful way within a work setting has allowed me to reinforce my learning. This has provided me with experience that I would not ordinarily have gained.   

Working as part of the IT team whilst completing my degree has also helped me to better understand the subject matter and boost my marks at university by allowing me to provide real world examples.

The National Apprenticeship Week theme this year is ‘Build the Future’. How will your apprenticeship help you progress your career to where you want to be? 

The completion of the apprenticeship will allow me to learn new technical skills, better insight in to ICT within a business. Having a degree will open more doors to future opportunities.

Would you recommend a St Leger Apprenticeship to others?

 Yes, I would definitely recommend St Leger Homes to others.          


Mitchell Garrity – Gas Working Charge-hand

 Why did you choose a St Leger Apprenticeship?

It always appealed to me to work alongside other trades and develop skills in my chosen trade as well as multi-skilling. The success rate for apprentices to full time employment was something that I found really appealing when applying for the job. To work and help out in the local communities to make a positive change was also something I felt was a job well suited to myself. 

 What was your role as an apprentice and what kind of work did it involve?

My apprenticeship was a 4 year apprenticeship in Domestic Gas Safety undertaking a wide range of servicing, repairs and installing of gas appliances in tenanted and void properties.

 What was the most rewarding part of your Apprenticeship?

The most rewarding part of my apprenticeship was completing my full gas qualifications after 2 years. This then meant I was competent to work alone on gas appliances without a mentor.

 How has a St Leger Apprenticeship benefitted you?

St Leger Homes have helped me to become a qualified Gas Engineer with a wide range of knowledge in the construction industry from working with mentors, college and completing a range of courses.

 The National Apprenticeship Week theme this year is ‘Build the Future’.  How did your apprenticeship help you progress your career to where you are now?

After completing my apprenticeship with St Leger Homes I now have over 10 years’ experience working safely on gas appliances. I have recently progressed to Gas Charge-hand and completed many courses that have become available within my new role. These courses have gifted me valuable knowledge that will help me with further progression within the company.

 Would you recommend a St Leger Apprenticeship to others?

I would definitely recommend St Leger Homes to others wanting to undertake an apprenticeship.

 Do you have any advice for future Apprentices?

I would advise all apprentices to get involved as much as they can whilst their mentor is present as they will not always be there. Everyone makes mistakes but there is lots to be learnt from them. Show a keen interest and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

 What three words best describe your St Leger Apprenticeship experience?

 Educational, valuable and enjoyable.


Simon Goodwin – Team Leader

 Why did you choose a St Leger Apprenticeship?

I believed it was a stable and consistent learning environment.

 What was your role as an apprentice and what kind of work did it involve?

Joiner. I started on the Voids delivery team. The works we did on a regular basis was new kitchen installations, replacement door and frame sets internal and external, renewal of floor coverings and joists

 What was the most rewarding part of your Apprenticeship?

Achieving my NVQ 3 and becoming a fully trained Joiner.

 How has a St Leger Apprenticeship benefitted you?

I was given the opportunity to move around within the business and sample many different types of work we deliver.

 The National Apprenticeship Week theme this year is ‘Build the Future’.  How did your apprenticeship help you progress your career to where you are now?

My apprenticeship and the years’ experience gave me the building locks to go and complete my NVQ 4 in construction site supervision and become a team leader. I hope this is just another step forward into my future.

 Would you recommend a St Leger Apprenticeship to others?

Yes definitely it is a great environment to learn with support and opportunities all around you.

 Do you have any advice for future Apprentices?

Grasp the opportunity, look for additional skills you can learn. It’s your chance to build an amazing future for yourself. 

 What three words best describe your St Leger Apprenticeship experience?

 Supported, fun, learning


Steven Craft – Apprentice Electrician

Why did you choose a St Leger Apprenticeship?

I chose St leger homes because they are a large company with plenty of opportunities to do a variety of work.

 What is your role as an apprentice and what kind of work does it involve?

I am an apprentice electrician. The work is mainly domestic but during lockdown we have been doing work to communal areas such as lighting upgrades and fuse box changes.

 What has been the most rewarding part of your Apprenticeship so far?

I love to learn, so learning anything new is a great feeling. It is nice to sort out problems for tenants too. For example we went to periodic test a house and the elderly tenant said she had had problems getting certain channels on her TV for a few weeks. So I returned her tv for her as free view signals had changed recently. It was nice to help her out.

 How has a St Leger Apprenticeship benefitted you?

I am learning a trade from some very skilled and experienced tradesmen. This means I know I am learning the best way to do things.

 The National Apprenticeship Week theme this year is ‘Build the Future’.  How will your apprenticeship help you progress your career to where you want to be? 

I hope to fully qualify as an electrician in a couple of years. The thing with a trade is you never stop learning, so I will continue to do courses and classes even once I qualify.

 Would you recommend a St Leger Apprenticeship to others?

Yes without a doubt. It is a great company to work for with some good leadership and the trades staff have plenty of banter and great relationships and friendships with each other.

 Do you have any advice for future Apprentices?

Be observant, helpful, and be eager to learn. I think these are the key things. Try to learn something every day. Ask your mentor if you can try things. You will make mistakes, it’s expected, but learn from them.

 What three words best describe your St Leger Apprenticeship experience?

 Learning. Working. Safety. 


Holly Tyler – Customer Service Advisor & former Apprentice

Why did you choose a St Leger Apprenticeship?

I chose a St Leger apprenticeship as they had been recommended by so many of my friends outside of work who had themselves been through an apprenticeship. I feel proud to work for such an amazing Housing Provider.

What was your role as an apprentice and what kind of work did it involve?

My job as an apprentice was within the Financial Inclusion Team. This job role included verifying Universal Credit claims, liaising with the DWP, contacting our St Leger tenants to support them through their claim and also assisting within the Tenancy Sustainability team.

What was the most rewarding part of your Apprenticeship?

The most rewarding part of my apprenticeship was definitely the knowledge that I have gained around Universal Credit and St Leger Homes as an organisation.

How has a St Leger Apprenticeship benefitted you?

A St Leger apprenticeship has benefitted me in so many ways, it’s brought out my confidence, my knowledge and gave me the opportunity to meet some lifelong friends!

The National Apprenticeship Week theme this year is ‘Build the Future’.  How did your apprenticeship help you progress your career to where you are now?

My apprenticeship helped me to progress to where I am now! When job shadowing all different areas of the business you really get a feel for where you want to be when you have your qualification. My apprenticeship taught me so many things that I have took to my new job in the Central Rents Team!

Would you recommend a St Leger Apprenticeship to others?

I would 100% recommend a St Leger apprenticeship to anyone, once you have your qualification, it can take you so many places!

Do you have any advice for future Apprentices?

My advice for future apprentices would be to concentrate; once you have your qualification, so many opportunities will be available!

What three words best describe your St Leger Apprenticeship experience?

Rewarding, Enjoyable, Beneficial.

 


Public sector target

As a public sector body with 250 or more staff in England, we have a target to employ an average of at least 2.3 per cent of our staff as new apprentice starts over the period of 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021.

Public Sector Target Report 2019-20

Public Sector Target Report 2018-19

Public Sector Target Report 2017-18

More information

For more general information about apprenticeships, please visit:

GOV.UK - Apprenticeships

GOV.UK - National Careers Service

If you require further information about apprenticeships at St Leger Homes, please contact the HR & Organisational Development team, email SLHDHRAdmin@stlegerhomes.co.uk or telephone 01302 734714


 


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