Media Release: 16 March 2017
Trust celebrates apprentice success
Weaver Vale Housing Trust has been celebrating its apprentice successes with a week of showcasing current apprentices stories, as well as past apprentices who have gone on to career success at Weaver Vale.
Since 2013 they have employed 74 apprentices, with 47 of those going on to secure permanent roles at the Trust. Apprentices are employed between a 1 and 4 year contract and they can take place in any Trust team. Ongoing mentoring and training is provided in the form of on- the- job training but apprentices also work towards formal qualifications such as NVQ’s and in some cases degrees.
Some of these apprentices have included Abbey age 20. Abbey joined the Trust as an apprentice in 2015 working in the customer contact team, she then progressed onto the HR Team and in January ‘17 she secured a permanent role in the Communications Team as Digital Communication Assistant. Her role is to help develop the online and social media channels at Weaver Vale. Ben Jackson, age 27 started at the Trust in 2007 as a modern apprentice also in the customer contact team, he has since progressed to an Income Management Officer and last year qualified as a Strategic Project Facilitator, a role which sees him working across the entire with Trust with Directors and Board members.
Steve Jennings, Chief Executive of Weaver Vale said
“We are committed to developing and keeping local employment talent in the Northwich and Winsford area, by employing apprentices we are doing just that. We now have 47 members of staff who were apprentices, working in permanent roles at the Trust. Our track record of apprentice successes is something I am hugely proud of.
“Apprenticeships bring a fresh new dynamic to teams whilst ensuring the Trust is well placed in terms of succession planning. I would encourage any firms to look at apprenticeships. I firmly believe our apprentices of today are our leaders of tomorrow”
For more information please contact Communication Manager Lucy Goldsmith or call 01606 813 317 / 07980 651808.
National Apprenticeship key facts
- Apprenticeship participation now stands at a record level - 899,400 funded apprentices participated on an apprenticeship in the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
- Up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies are available online at any one time.
- There were 1,656,680 on-line apprenticeship applications in 2015 to 2016.The majority (92%) of apprentices in work felt that their apprenticeship had had a positive impact on their career.