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
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
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