We are celebrating the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week, taking place from 8th to 14th February.
‘Build the Future’ is the theme which aims to encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships help individuals to build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career.
Throughout the week we will be sharing stories, experiences and insights from our current apprentices highlighting the range of roles available and the rich talent and enthusiasm apprentices bring to Halton Housing.
We will be sharing exclusive interviews and day journals of Rhys and Daniel, our apprentice joiners, Jamie, our Electrical apprentice, Maciej, our ICT apprentice and Ben our Business Administration apprentice. They explain the benefits of choosing an apprenticeship with Halton Housing and how it is helping them on their journey to develop their careers.
In addition, we will be sharing a special blog from Neil McGrath, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer on our commitment to apprentices, the value they bring, and our ambitions to become a member of the
‘5% Club’. Our aim for the future is to work towards a commitment of 5% of the workforce being Apprentices.
Karen Lopez, Learning and Development Officer at Halton Housing said:
“We are extremely proud to have continued with our Apprenticeship recruitment despite many other organisations deciding to pull their plans in light of the pandemic. We have worked alongside our local provider, Riverside College to successfully recruit and support two Joinery Apprentices, one Electrical Apprentice, one ICT Apprentice and a Business Administration Apprentice. We are about to embark on recruiting for a Digital Marketing Apprentice and Finance Apprentice in the coming weeks. This will bring our Apprentices to 7 since September 2020”.
As well as recruiting new apprentices, we also utilise the apprenticeship levy to upskill existing colleagues in skills, knowledge and experience to help them develop in their role. We currently have three people enrolled on the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Level 3 and are about to begin a further Level 3 and Level 4 cohort in Spring 2021.
Kathryn Davies, Learning and Development Officer at Halton Housing said:
“These qualifications provide a great insight into many areas of housing practice. In addition to the personal development gains that are evident through the course of the programme, the students benefit from learning and understanding up-to-date legislation and best practice in housing. This drives efficiency and effectiveness in our processes and systems, which in turn enables us to deliver the best customer experience possible”.
Find out more about careers at Halton Housing.