National Apprenticeship Week brings the apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.
Warrington Housing Association is proud of its three apprentices – Liam, Charlotte and Amy. Here they tell us of their experiences on their two-year programme.
“During my time at WHA I have enjoyed being able to work within a dedicated and experienced team and gained a lot of experiences across various aspects of the business. It really gave me an interest in the housing sector.
“I have recently been working in WHA’s – Warrington Home Information and Improvement Agency (WHiA) department, which has been very enjoyable. It has been good to work within a new team, and it has also been interesting and beneficial learning new skill sets and working with a new scope of customers.
“My future plans are to progress further down this career path, as I have been successful in applying for a job at Housing Plus, where I will be working with homeless people, and those who are at risk of homelessness.
“Before I joined WHA, I did not have any housing experience, and I was unsure if this was a career path I would follow. However, at the end of my two years it is a career path I want to continue down and the experiences I have gained has proved invaluable, as it has enabled me to secure a job role that I truly want. This would not have been possible without the experience I have gained from my apprenticeship and I believe I would not have got this new job role without the support of my colleagues, who I will miss dearly.”
“My experiences as an apprentice at WHA have been more than I ever could’ve asked for. Over the past year I have gained a substantial amount of guidance, knowledge, and opportunities for different qualifications, which will help me in later working life.
“The highlight of my apprenticeship was the three different departments coming together to form one big Customer Support Team, this gave me the chance to pick up different roles in WHA, including Housing and Maintenance.
“Now that I am confident in my responsibilities in customer support, I have been given a chance to move into a new department to maximise the experiences I take from the organisation. I will be working with the Lifetime team and I am looking forward to learning new things, working with different members of staff and meeting new people.
“Going forward, I would love to continue working in housing and thanks to WHA I have enough experience to do this!”
“I’ve enjoyed meeting new people on a daily basis and getting to know LifeTime members – who have shared stories with me of their past and things they like now – and I have learnt so much from them.
“I’m looking forward to new challenges, learning new skills and looking for a job, where I can use all my experiences from WHA.”