New films show benefits of housing apprenticeships

One of the country’s largest housing providers has launched five short films to celebrate the benefits of apprenticeship schemes in the housing sector.

Each film – available online at www.circleopportunities.org.uk – follows an apprentice from Circle Housing as they complete a day’s work at the organisation.

It is part of work by Circle Housing to mark National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (3rd – 7th 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.

Samantha Caunt, 19, is among apprentices to take part after swapping places with Circle Housing’s Chief Executive Mark Rogers and starring in an online film.

She said:

“I thought the job swap with Mark Rogers was great. It really helped me to see what it involves to be a CEO and helped me to understand how the different parts of the organisation come together.

“We talked about the difference apprenticeships make to people who might otherwise find it difficult to get the right opportunities and prove themselves. It has been really nice to take part in the filming and show the benefits of working as an apprentice in the housing sector.”

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. The housing provider is also a lead partner in Evolve, a shared apprenticeship scheme backed by industry training board CITB which is set to support more than 500 new construction apprentices in London.

National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. It is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service.