To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2018, local housing provider St Leger Homes are highlighting the role apprentices have played in delivering its service to customers over the last 13 years.
Apprentices have always been an important part of the service St Leger Homes provides for its customers throughout the borough – whilst at the same time giving valuable employment and development opportunities to local people.
The organisation manages just over 20,000 properties on behalf of Doncaster Council, and since 2005 their annual apprenticeship programme has trained almost 100 people from the local area.
Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, Paul Tanney, said:
“Apprentices play a vital role for us at St Leger Homes. By enabling local people to receive high quality, on-the-job training from our experienced workforce, and then retaining this knowledge by taking people on to full time roles, we are sowing the seeds for the future of our business.
“We currently have 26 apprentices training with us. They are working in a variety of different positions across the business to learn trades such as gas fitting, bricklaying, plumbing, electrical and joinery; and, in office based support and technical roles. The comprehensive training, up to NVQ level 3 for some apprenticeships, has led to 97% of our former apprentices going on to secure full time employment.
“The annual apprenticeship programme will open again in April 2018. We have a number of apprenticeships to offer over the next 12 months in a variety of trades roles and others such as business administration, customer service and IT.”
More information will be available soon on the St Leger Homes website at www.stlegerhomes.co.uk, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us on social media for the latest updates.
Case Study: Mia’s apprenticeship story
Mia Turner has been doing her Modern Apprenticeship with St Leger Homes since September last year.
“I chose an apprenticeship with St Leger Homes as I wanted to gain some experience in housing working for an ALMO (Arms Length Management Organisation), and I wanted to be in a busy workplace.
“I am working with the Customer Service Advisors, and in my role I interact with customers to answer their enquiries. I also take payments over the phone and work on the main reception desk. I’m really enjoying working here, my colleagues are very friendly and helpful to me.
“Doing an apprenticeship is giving me more experience and knowledge of St Leger Homes. Hopefully I can get a full time role here eventually and then I will be able to bring all this knowledge of the job with me.
“If someone was thinking about starting an apprenticeship and asked me what I thought, I would say that I highly recommend it.”