13 November 2018
A record 78 apprentices have started working at Nottingham City Homes this September.
A mix of 41 brand new recruits and 38 existing employees, who all come from different backgrounds and ages groups, are starting their apprenticeships with NCH.
As one of Nottingham’s largest employers, NCH takes its responsibility to offer local jobs very seriously. NCH will now employ:
- Three customer service apprentices
- Fifteen construction apprentices
- Seven housing apprentices
- Thirteen caretaking apprentices
A further 38 existing employees will start an apprenticeship this year, including:
- 28 housing apprenticeships at levels two, three and four
- Seven advanced apprenticeships in Leadership and Management L3, including ILM3 Diploma
- Three business administration apprenticeships.
Like many of the new starters, 37 year old Natalie Lafond from St. Ann’s is already enjoying her role as an apprentice electrician. She said: “I’ve only been in this role for a few weeks and I absolutely love it. I love waking up in the morning and coming to work.
“My role is challenging, there’s a lot to learn but I am relishing the challenge and the support of my colleagues. Everyone at NCH is lovely and friendly and I’ve been made to feel so welcome, I can already see long future for me here.”
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: “Having a record number of apprentices starting with us is something we are proud of achieving. We have been able to take advantage of the Apprenticeship Levy and take on more than ever before.
“For decades now our business has relied on the employment of apprentices within our construction trades side of the business. However the apprenticeship training opportunities now available cover so many different areas, we are able to expand the development opportunities we offer to new recruits and existing employees.
“Employing local Nottingham people is so important to us, and to be able to also offer opportunities to a number of our own residents is even more of a boost for the business.”
NCH offers its employees and Nottingham residents the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their knowledge and experience, through its comprehensive learning and development programme for staff, and its Resident Academy for customers. The company has even created its own ‘Training Station,’ based at its Harvey Road facility in Bilborough. This new facility enables apprentices to gain valuable experience, as well as offering residents the chance to develop their knowledge, confidence and employability skills.
The new cohort of apprentices started work this September, carrying out their qualifications through a range of training providers relative to their course.