We invite young students at Weston College to take a tour of our new office

05 December 2013

We invited 14 young people to take a tour of our new office on Wednesday 4 December, ahead of the official launch of our apprenticeship programme.

The tour included an informal chat with our Chief Executive, Nick Horne, and a look around our new building, which officially opened on 4 November.

The young people, all aged between 18 and 24, are currently enrolled on a pre-apprenticeship programme at the Weston College. The NGAGE programme, supported by us, is a free course in partnership with Job Centre Plus which helps young people to improve their skills and confidence. It also supports young people who want to apply for an apprenticeship and get into work.

We'll be launching our own apprenticeship programme in January, with seven apprenticeships available across the business, in Business Administration, Customer Service, Finance and Maintenance.

Phil Barker, our Into Work Programme Manager, said ‘It was great to give the young people, two of whom are our residents, an insight into our business and where we work.

The NGAGE and Knightstone partnership is giving young people the chance to kick-start their careers and the confidence to apply for jobs and work experience in the future. Successful applicants to our programme will gain a full time apprenticeship and they’ll be supported all the way through their time with us.’

Chantel (24) is a mum and wants to use this as a chance to better herself and set an example to her three year old son. Before she had her son, Chantel described herself as a ‘live wire’ but has more recently realised that she wants to turn her life around. She said,

‘Attending NGAGE at Weston College has given me added purpose and helped me realise my potential. I’m interested in the apprenticeship with Knightstone Housing as I’m passionate about delivering good customer service and learning new skills to develop my career.’

The young students have also been doing community and volunteering activities as part of their programme. On Friday 29 November, they raised £190 for Help the Heroes by volunteering and bag packing at Cadbury Garden Centre for over two hours.

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