February 8th to 14th is National Apprenticeship week with the theme “Build the Future”. This week aims to shine a light on apprenticeships as way to start and build your career.
Apprenticeships can be one great way to start your career and earn while you learn – but don’t take our word for it! We spoke to one of our apprentice plumbers, a business administrator and a digital sales analyst about their role and what they’ve learnt.
You can hear what they have to say by watching the video below:
Chloe Sharpe began her career at Together Housing as an apprentice and is now a Business Administrator, “My apprenticeship gave me all the technical skills I needed. This really helped develop my career in the company as I have now attained a full role. My current role includes a lot of the duties that I completed as an apprentice. My apprenticeship really prepared me for what it would be like to work fulltime within the company.”
Lilli Smalley, an Apprentice ACS Plumber, really enjoys her apprenticeship and wants others to consider what they want to do with their career, “I became an apprentice as I no longer wanted to pursue higher education. This way I still get to learn whilst being paid to do it. When considering an apprenticeship, you must make sure it is what you want. There are a lot of options out there, and some of them might not be for you, but if you do find what you really want to do, and you go into it you will always be fulfilled.”
Peter Gunning, a Digital Sales Analyst, wants to encourage others to take the chance to work and study, “The best part of the Gem Graduate Programme was the fact I was given the opportunity to travel around the country and learn about different areas of the housing industry. Take that chance! Of course, an extra year of study alongside work doesn’t sound ideal, but the course did give me many valuable experiences and it did open the door for me to be where I am now.”
Nigel Jones, Head of People, said that apprenticeships can build careers, “It’s about joining as an apprentice and seeing what opportunities come from that. Once completing your apprenticeship, it might be about doing a managerial qualification or a higher expert qualification. This takes you through to a different level of roles and potentially the senior positions in the organisation.”
You can also keep an eye out for future apprenticeships opportunities at Together Housing here.