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Local housing management company launches successful Apprenticeship recruitment pilot with Northumberland College

Local housing management company launches successful Apprenticeship recruitment pilot with Northumberland College  
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North East housing company, Homes for Northumberland, has created 16 new Apprenticeship roles following a successful Apprenticeship recruitment pilot.

Working in partnership with the college, Homes for Northumberland (HfN) began the pilot with one Apprenticeship vacancy and has now offered Stephen Cochran, 21, from Blyth a full-time position as a plumber after he successfully completed a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

 

The pilot saw the college advertise vacancies on behalf of HfN as well as shortlist candidates. Due to the success of the pilot, 16 additional apprenticeship vacancies have since been created within the housing company.

 

When considering recruiting an apprentice, Homes for Northumberland contacted Northumberland College, which advertised their vacancy and helped HfN to successfully recruit Stephen. Due to the success of the pilot Apprenticeship scheme, 16 additional Apprenticeship roles have since been created within the housing company.

 

HfN manages the housing stock belonging to Northumberland County Council and is responsible for some 8,500 properties around the Blyth, Amble and Alnwick areas of the county. The programme covers various roles found within a housing management company including both office-based and trades such as business administration, social housing, repairs and maintenance.

 

Stephen said: "Working and attending Northumberland College one day per week has been great because I've been putting the skills I've learnt at college to good use and getting a full-time job is great."

 

Kevin Lowry, Managing Director at HfN, said: "We are delighted to be able to offer Apprenticeships. It is a great way for young people to learn the skills that our organisation requires. It is also beneficial to our company to expand our team with well-motivated staff who are eager to develop their skills and Northumberland College helped us at every stage of the Apprenticeship recruitment process."

 

Northumberland College offers over 40 apprenticeship frameworks and works with over 700 businesses across the region.

 

Prospective apprentices are encouraged to attend one of the college's regular open events, while employers can find out more by visiting www.northumberland.ac.uk/employers