TWO Yorkshire Housing apprentices have won the day at a regional apprenticeship contest.
Muhammad Uddin and Isobel Moorhouse earned accolades at the Yorkshire & Humber regional Apprenticeship Awards 2018.
Uddin was winner of the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award, while Moorhouse was highly commended in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category.
The awards showcase the diverse range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships and celebrates outstanding apprentices who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships.
“Winning the apprentice of the year award is a massive achievement,” Uddin said. “Apprenticeships are a really good opportunity to start your career. Yorkshire Housing has enabled me to develop my skills and abilities, by giving me hands-on experience across the business. Hard work and determination equals big rewards.”
Uddin started his Yorkshire Housing apprenticeship straight after leaving school, joining the benefits and advice team. Within 12 months he achieved his level two business admin qualifications and successfully secured a role as customer complaints apprentice, enabling him to do his level three business admin qualification.
He also has been instrumental in the rollout of a new complaints system, mentoring new apprentices, running workshops and training staff. As an active apprentice champion, he’s spoken at local BME forums, career events, been featured on podcasts, websites and represented on the Young Apprentice Ambassador network. He will now go on to the national apprentice finals in London.
Moorhouse said: “Being highly commended is such an honour, I could not have done it without all the help and support of my co-workers at Yorkshire Housing. My apprenticeship has given me the skills and confidence to pursue a career within the housing sector and I have been able to follow up my apprenticeship with a full-time role within the company which I am enjoying immensely. I feel as though the skills I have gained are something only an apprenticeship can offer.”
She joined Yorkshire Housing in 2015 as apprentice surveyor and in May 2018 completed the level three apprenticeship in property maintenance surveying, achieving 100 per cent distinctions for elements of her surveying qualifications and also received the chief executive award. During her apprenticeship Isobel carved a niche for herself as a priceless member of the repairs investment team. She is also a member of the young ambassador network.
Kiran Olak, Yorkshire Housing’s senior people development coordinator, said: “We are incredibly proud that Muhammad and Isobel have been successful at these prestigious apprentice awards. They are a real credit to Yorkshire Housing and have done so much to champion apprenticeships. I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a Yorkshire Housing apprentice to get in touch with us.”