Watford Community Housing delivers 10 apprenticeships in 10th anniversary year
As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, Watford Community Housing is delivering excellent career opportunities through a range of apprenticeships across the organisation, helping give ambitious people a boost into a career they love.
Throughout its first 10 years as an organisation, Watford Community Housing has offered a number of apprentice positions and graduate schemes, but over the last year it has introduced six apprenticeships in order to help spread these opportunities even further. These new positions, in a wide variety of parts of the organisation, join four long-standing apprenticeships. From Marketing and Multi-skilled Repairs Operatives to HR and Housing professionals, there are now apprentices across a huge range of departments.
Apprenticeships are a great way to get started in a career or trade, enabling people from all walks of life to earn whilst they learn new skills and complete a qualification.
Some people choose apprenticeships as an alternative to university, whilst others take them on as part of a change in career. Watford Community Housing’s apprentices come from a variety of backgrounds, with ages ranging from 18 to 33, and whilst some are at the start of their journey, others are close to the finish line, or have chosen to start another apprenticeship with the organisation in a different field.
Karis Lomas, Customer Care Apprentice for Watford Community Housing, joined this year after seeing the chance to become an apprentice as a great option for picking up a new skill and kickstarting her career: “Once I’d finished school and college, I didn’t have a clear plan of what to do – I just knew I wanted something different. When I saw that Watford Community Housing was offering a two-year apprenticeship I decided to give it a try and I’m really glad I did!
“It’s a big change to start working in an office environment but I really feel like I’m progressing. There are lots of opportunities here and I’m working hard for a Housing Practice qualification too, which means I’m learning more about the job each day. Plus, everyone is really friendly! All in all, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship so far.
Watford Community Housing’s IT Apprentice, Charles Clark, also chose an apprenticeship at the housing association: “University didn’t really feel like a good option for me as I wanted to be practical, and my interests lie in getting stuck in with computers and systems.
“An apprenticeship was a great chance to get hands-on experience whilst also studying for my Cyber Security qualification one day a week at college. I’m having a great time as an apprentice here, and I’m really enjoying the chance to learn how to put my learning into practice on a daily basis.”
Watford Community Housing is proud to offer these opportunities to such enthusiastic and hard-working apprentices, and look forwards to further investment in the apprenticeship model in the future.