Apprenticeships are providing a professional 'earn while you learn' route into the housing sector, with Severn Vale Housing supporting several apprentices in their roles.
Ellie Brookes is five months into her apprenticeship with our Grants and Housing Team. She is studying Business Administration through Gloucester College but, unlike other apprentices, she does not attend college. She sees her college tutor once a month and submits assignments online. She is studying modules including Communication in a Business Environment and Working Relations with Colleagues.
As part of her training, Ellie has been going out with housing officers to visit tenants and has been accompanying our Grants and Social Value Officer on visits to community groups.
Ellie used an all-staff development day to evidence part of her studies, producing agendas, programmes, props for the photo booth, name badges and table plans. Ellie was attracted by an apprenticeship as she saw it as a chance to learn and earn some money at the same time. She said: “I did think about going to university but I couldn’t make up my mind what I would like to study and a few of my friends who did go to college in September have dropped out already. I think the financial burden is just too much to bear and doing an apprenticeship is a great opportunity for me. I get to train on the job and get some professional qualifications while I’m doing it”.
Matt Lewis aged 19 (left) and from Cheltenham and Aaron Rogers, 25 (below), who lives in Stroud, are the first two plumbing and heating apprentices to begin their training with Severn Vale Housing. They attend SGS Stroud College one day a week, and spend the rest of the week learning on the job with our maintenance staff.
Aaron Rogers said: “This is a great opportunity for me to train on the job and get some professional qualifications. I will be studying for two years to gain an NVQ in plumbing and heating, with the option to go on and study for a gas qualification”
Last summer, Aaron and his colleague, Micah Rose, volunteered to join Nick Knowles and the BBC DIY SOS team, working in sweltering hot temperatures to support a major refurbishment that provided an adapted home for a disabled father and his family.
Photo: l to r, Aaron Rogers, Nick Knowles from BBC DIY SOS and electrician Micah Rose
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