This year Warrington Housing Association has seen three young people graduate from its apprenticeship programme. It has been great to give them experiences of the housing sector to create the next generation of housing staff.
Here those three apprentices – Liam, Amy and Charlotte, tell us what they have enjoyed about being at Warrington Housing Association (WHA) over the past two years, and how it has helped them think about their next career move.
“During my time at WHA I enjoyed being able to work within a dedicated and experienced team and gained a lot of experiences across various aspects of the business. It really gave me an interest in the housing sector.
“I have learnt a lot of new skills and I am now working with Housing Plus, where I will be working with homeless people, and those who are at risk of homelessness.
“Before I joined WHA, I did not have any housing experience, and I was unsure if this was a career path I would follow. However, at the end of my two years it is a career path I want to continue down and the experiences I have gained has proved invaluable, as it has enabled me to secure a job role that I truly want. This would not have been possible without the experience I have gained from my apprenticeship and I believe I would not have got this new job role without the support of my colleagues, who I will miss dearly.”
“My experiences as an apprentice at WHA have been more than I ever could’ve asked for. I have gained a substantial amount of guidance, knowledge, and opportunities for different qualifications, which will help me in later working life.
“The highlight of my apprenticeship was the three different departments coming together to form one big Customer Support Team, this gave me the chance to pick up different roles in WHA, including Housing and Maintenance.
“Going forward, I want to continue working in housing, I love knowing that we are helping people in the community – it is so rewarding!”
“I’ve enjoyed meeting new people on a daily basis and getting to know LifeTime members – who have shared stories with me of their past and things they like now – and I have learnt so much from them and it is really rewarding.
“I’m looking forward to new challenges, learning new skills and looking for a job, where I can use all my experiences from WHA.”
Our Chief Executive David Cummins is now keen to develop a new cohort of apprenticeships in 2020 to further provide career opportunities in the Warrington borough.
He said: “Our aim was for our apprentices to gain experiences across the different areas of our not-for-profit community business from customer services, WHIA and LifeTime so they can explore their talents, interests and ambitions, so they achieve their full potential.
“They have all made a very real contribution to the teams that they have worked in and being within the Gateway – our apprentices also got the opportunity to be under the same roof as many other community and charity organisations – to help them keep an open mind on their next career steps.
“The emphasis is on learning through practical experience, and our apprentices became an integral part of the business and apprentices are an important part of our future.”