housing association increases apprentice numbers

Ten new apprenticeships are being created by one of the largest housing associations in the north east.

County Durham Housing Group is taking on 10 new apprentices in roles ranging from IT to joinery. Recruitment has already started for the new positions which will be based in Seaham, Peterlee, Durham and Bishop Auckland.

The successful candidates will be beginning their new careers in September. The posts are not age restricted and are open to anyone keen to learn the in-demand trades and professions.

In total, the housing association’s apprenticeship roles will consist of two joiners, an electrician, an ICT technician, plus two roles in business administration and four in housing operations.

The new apprenticeships are just the latest investment in training made by County Durham Housing Group. In the last three years nine apprentices have completed their training and gone on to full time jobs with the group and 10 existing staff have completed higher level apprenticeships to develop their careers.

Deborah Woods, who completed an apprenticeship with County Durham Housing Group and now works as a Community Investment Assistant, said: “It was a very proud moment, going from a full-time mam to working full-time while studying for a qualification, balancing work and home life. Completing the apprenticeship is one of the best things I have ever done, as it has led me to me getting a permanent job with the group.”

County Durham Housing Group Chief Executive, Bill Fullen, said: “For us, investing in communities is not just about building new homes, it’s about providing jobs and training too. Most of our apprentices are young, local people who go on to have very successful careers in their chosen fields as well as being fundamental to the long-term success of the organisation.

“Working in the housing sector is a highly rewarding career and I know that our apprentices always gain so much from their experiences with us.”

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