Two former Roddons apprentices have been given starring roles in short films celebrating the benefits of apprenticeship schemes in the housing sector.
The online films – available at www.Circleopportunities.org.uk – follow Tom Goddard (20) and Sasha Helstern (21) as they complete a day’s work with affordable homes provider Circle Housing Roddons, based in March.
It is part of work by Circle Housing to mark National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (3-7 March). The housing provider is also running a series of jobs swaps to give apprentices and bosses the chance to take on each other’s roles.
Tom said: “I’ve been working at Circle Housing Roddons for three years now after starting as an apprentice here. It has been great to take part in the filming and show the benefits of working as an apprentice at a housing provider like Circle Housing.
“It’s pretty difficult being so young and coming out of school not knowing what you want to do. If you want to start working then an apprentice is a great way to begin your career and get a good feel for the working world. It gets you a qualification and you’re earning at the same time.”
Circle Housing was last year awarded a Big Tick accreditation from charity Business in the Community for its employment and skills programme which helps more than 9,000 people into working and training opportunities every year.
Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Circle Housing, said “The housing sector is a great place for apprentices to learn and develop for the future. Our programme at Circle Housing employs apprentices in teams across the business. As well as construction, they could be given roles in administration, communications, or customers services for example.
“Apprentices in turn represent a bright new future for the housing sector and it is important we continue to attract and nurture that new talent. Nearly two thirds of apprentices at Circle Housing will go on to permanent roles in the organisation. They play an important part in our commitment to deliver a range of employment and skill programmes which is helping around 9,000 a year to get into work and training opportunities.”
As well as the in-house roles provided by Circle Housing, each of its contractors is committed to providing one apprenticeship opportunity within their business for every £0.5m that Circle Housing spends with them.
To find out more visit www.circleopportunities.org.uk