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Inspiring apprenticeships in housing

Why should a teenager consider an apprenticeship in the housing sector and where can it lead?

Students from a Manchester School found out when they took part in Foundations in Housing workshop at the head office of social housing provider Guinness Northern Counties in Oldham at the beginning of March.

Foundations in Housing is a partnership between Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and housing associations, promoting apprenticeships as a desirable career path.

The day-long workshop introduced every area of business in the social housing sector to 28 young people from Abraham Moss Community School and was described by teacher Lucy Tasker as ‘a carousel of learning’, with students meeting with apprentices, staff and directors of the organisation. They shared their personal experiences of working in the sector, the challenges and benefits and the best routes to start a career in housing.

The year 10 students, many of whom are enrolled in the citizenship module, attended talks by Guinness Northern Counties, City Response their maintenance contractor, Upturn Enterprises an award winning customer services centre and a social enterprise that works closely with Guinness and their apprenticeship scheme.

Maxine Muldowney, Guinness Northern Counties’ Customer Accounts Team Leader said: ‘It’s so important to make young people aware of the opportunities available to them once they leave school. We have an excellent apprenticeship programme so we wanted to make the students aware of what we can offer along with Upturn and City Response.”

Guinness currently has 31 apprentices working across it’s teams including business administration, horticulture and print and design.

For more information on Foundations in Housing contact: lizabeth.bohler@newcharter.co.uk

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