DEMAND for apprentice roles at a North East housing association has soared, with over 130 hopefuls competing for just positions.
Believe Housing has whittled down the 134 applicants, but competition remains tough with 44 shortlisted candidates battling it out for the roles. The latest opportunities include a new bricklaying apprenticeship alongside horticultural and business admin, with applications closing earlier this month.
“Many young people think the only route to a long-term, successful career is through college and university but that just isn’t the case,” said Rosie Robson, the County Durham-based housing provider’s current business administration apprentice (pictured).
“Apprenticeships are a great way to develop your skills and your career. I have learned so much since I joined believe housing and everyone has been so supportive.”
The 530 strong team at Believe Housing includes a number of former apprentices who have now secured permanent jobs in roles as varied as community investment, joinery and new-build project development.
Lewis King joined the organisation as an apprentice straight from school and has now secured a permanent role. “An apprenticeship was definitely the right choice for me,” he said. “I really enjoy all aspects of my job and still had the opportunity to gain qualifications. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone.”
Executive director of communities and customer services, Nik Turner, said: “It’s fabulous that so many young people have recognised the great opportunities that an apprenticeship in the housing sector can bring.
“Supporting our communities is not just about bricks and mortar. Investment in jobs and training opportunities is a key part of what we’re looking to achieve too; growing our regions economy and skill base.
“We’ve already seen a number of successful apprentices go on into permanent and even management roles. I’m really looking forward to seeing some of these applicants go on to develop their career with us too.”