Broadacres Housing Association to create four apprenticeships

Broadacres Housing Association is to create four more apprenticeships for young people following the success of its apprenticeship scheme.

Broadacres is recruiting apprentices to work in within Business Administration and Property Services.

It comes just a year after the Association’s first formal apprenticeship scheme, which saw six young people being offered various roles across the organisation.

Two of the six – Shona Brown and Zoe Allan – have now secured permanent employment with the association following their one-year apprenticeship.

Two others – Josh Carter and Joe Elliot – are now in their second year of their apprenticeships, in electrical and joinery respectively, and are earning plaudits from their mentors.

Sally Baxter, Broadacres’ human resources officer, said: “We are delighted to be able to once again recruit apprentices to Broadacres.

We received dozens of applications for our apprenticeship scheme and we expect demand in the new roles to be just as high.

Hopefully, new applicants will see the excellent progress that has been made by Shona, Zoe, Josh and Joe and realise that apprenticeships are a fantastic route into permanent employment, whether at Broadacres or elsewhere.”

After completing her one-year apprenticeship in health and social care, Shona, aged 20, is now working as a kitchen assistant in Broadacres’ The Orchard extra care scheme in Brompton, near Northallerton.

She said: “I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and learned a lot. I received lots of good advice and support and I am keen to remain in health and social acre and hopefully work my way up at Broadacres.”

Zoe discovered last week that she had been successful, following a formal interview process, in landing a permanent role as a Finance Trainee.

The 21-year-old said: “My apprenticeship was in business administration and it gave me a great insight into Broadacres and what it does.

I have learned so many new things and now I am looking forward to starting my new role in finance in April.”

Because they are doing trade-based apprenticeships, Josh and Joe, will work for two years learning to become an electrician and joiner respectively.

Josh is shadowing Broadacres electrician Alan Gott, who said: “Josh is coming on really well and is very keen to learn. He has been learning about electrical testing and this year we will be showing him about electrician installation. He has a bright future ahead of him.”

Joe is shadowing Broadacres’ joiner Brian Hamilton, who said: “Joe has come on in leaps and bounds. He picks things up really quickly and loves being given jobs he can get on with himself.”

People interested in the apprenticeships can find out more about the recruitment process on Broadacres’ website.