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NCH is only Nottingham-based employer in Apprenticeships Top 100

Nottingham City Homes (NCH) has been named as one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the country.

The social housing organisation, which employs 1,000 staff, has beaten the likes of Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco in the listing. It currently employs 32 apprentices, with an extra 11 employees undertaking an apprenticeship as part of their professional development.

The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list celebrates the country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers, recognising their overall commitment to employing apprentices from diverse backgrounds, creating new roles, and helping people to progress to further apprentices or employment.

NCH offers its employees and Nottingham residents the opportunity to learn new skills and develop experience through its learning and development programme for staff, and its Tenant Academy for residents. The company even created its own ‘Training Station,’ based at its Bilborough facility, to enable people to gain valuable hands-on experience and develop their knowledge, confidence and employability skills. 

 In November, NCH Business Admin apprentice Nicola Dunna won Apprentice of the Year at the East Midlands Business Awards, and trade apprentice Carl Fielden was highly commended. 32 year-old Nicola said: “My partner started an apprenticeship at NCH and I saw a change in him and how much he enjoyed his job. I wasn’t happy in my job at the time and decide to look for a role with NCH too.

“I’ve really enjoyed the last 12 months. I never enjoyed school or college, but I’ve loved learning new skills, and gaining knowledge and experience as part of my apprenticeship. I love the team I work with and I always feel supported – so I would encourage anyone thinking of an apprentice to go for it, you won’t regret it.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, said: “We're helping to lead an 'apprenticeship revolution' - getting more people into skilled jobs. Employing apprentices has helped NCH to grow local talent, develop a qualified workforce and provide better services, so it’s great that we have been recognised as one of the country’s top apprenticeship employers.

“Our apprentices bring energy and enthusiasm to the company and we will continue to champion and help to employ local Nottingham people.”

Cllr Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Employment and Community Protection at Nottingham City Council, said: “I would like to congratulate Nottingham City Homes on their Top 100 placing, it’s a great achievement for the company. I’d like to send a big well done to Nicola and Carl too. Apprenticeships help businesses of all sizes to grow, and give people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to learn new skills and get ahead in their chosen career.

It’s important that companies like NCH offer these apprentice opportunities to local people and I would encourage other Nottingham companies to look at the Apprenticeship Levy as a way of supporting local people into work and giving them the skills they need to succeed.”

The new top 100 rankings have been developed by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with High Fliers Research, who independently assess and compile the new national leader board of top apprenticeship employers. You can find the rankings here.