FIVE Fenland youngsters are being given the chance to launch a new career in customer services.
Social housing provider Roddons, part of Circle, is looking for five apprentices to undertake a one-year apprenticeship at its March office.
Work experience is a valuable commodity in the job market and notoriously difficult to come by, particularly for those in the 18 to 24 age bracket.
The vacancies are for a property marketing assistant, property services administrator, neighbourhood assistant and two trainees in customer services, all of who will work towards a NVQ Level 2 in either customer services or business administration.
The apprentices could experience the same success as Roddons employee Natalie Haime, who first went to Roddons on a six-month Future Jobs Fund placement, set up through the Job Centre Plus.
After three months training, she was good enough to start working independently in the office and when she applied for a customer services position at the end of her placement, she secured the job.
Debby said: “Natalie is really well-liked by staff, tenants and customers alike. She gets lots of compliments. To get five Natalies from this would be fantastic.”
Roddons are looking for applicants that are, above all, enthusiastic and passionate about the job. Debby said they want to give the apprenticeships to people who will really make the most of them.
Applications will be welcomed from people who come from a social housing background, although it is open to anyone who wants to apply.
Aptitude tests will be carried out to ensure applicants meet the educational criteria.
The successful apprentices will be paid more than the government funding of around £90 per week and will take home a wage of £175 per week.
Debby said: “Roddons is all about Life Chances. Providing social housing is just part of it. It’s about working together.”
• For more details on how to apply for the apprenticeships, see the advert on our recruitment page.