Ben, 18, from Whiston recently completed his A levels at Carmel College, alongside working part-time at McDonalds. Ben is currently working with the Open Door (OSUK) team, our commercial subsidiary and is applying some of the business skills and knowledge he learned at college. He started his apprenticeship in September 2020 and would love to continue working with the team at Open Doors once he completes his apprenticeship.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship with Halton Housing?
“After leaving college with my A-Levels, I wanted to secure an apprenticeship so I can gain vital workplace experience as well as working towards a qualification. Working at Halton Housing has given me the platform to complete this qualification as well as get to know workplace procedures”.
Why would you recommend apprenticeships to others?
“I believe it is important to experience work at an early stage in life to ensure I can pick up the most amount of knowledge possible. Halton Housing are doing their very best to train me into the best administrator I can be by helping with my college commitments and by giving me workplace experience. I would recommend this route into the workplace for anybody as it provides you with the best of both worlds”.
Day in the life of … Ben – Business Admin Apprentice (OSUK)
Ben’s role mostly involves spending his day working with the sales team focusing on Shared Ownership property sales. Here’s a taste of what he does daily:
Typical day at work:
- “Working remotely, I start between 8 and 8:30am. I start the day by replying to emails and enquiries about our Open Door properties. Also, I keep on top of most document storage for the shared ownership tenures.
- By about 11am I have usually finished these tasks and we have Teams catch ups meetings that I take part in with the rest of the team.
- In the afternoon I visit our developments in Widnes and Runcorn and meet a whole different range of contractors. Meeting different people on these developments daily improves the experience I acquire.
- In the afternoon, when I get home, I reply to emails sent in the morning and usually try to do an hour or two of college work before planning my own calendar for the next day. I look to finish work between 4-5pm but this changes regularly”.