News story published on 26 Febuary 2014
Peterborough’s largest landlord is celebrating National Apprenticeship week this week after supporting 32 pre-Apprentices to date.
Since August 2012, Cross Keys Homes’ Moving 4ward programme has helped young people (under 19) who are Not in Employment, Education or Training, known as NEET, get the support and skills required to move forward with their lives.
The housing association’s pre-Apprentices have each embarked on six months’ paid work placements in a variety of areas such as asset management, customer services, community work and IT helping them to gain the necessary experience as well as provide further training opportunities.
Already, 16 of the pre-Apprentices have moved on to further employment, education or training and a further 10 are currently involved in its third placement group.
April Dolby, Cross Keys Homes’ Communications and Marketing pre-Apprentice Assistant, said: “I have really enjoyed this experience. Cross Keys Homes has really helped me develop my skills and abilities and has given me the opportunity to move forward and decide what I want to do with my career.
ApriI added: “I am now looking to enrol in a BTEC National Diploma in Journalism and Publishing, thanks to my experience here.”
National Apprenticeship Week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship service and is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
In December 2013, a successful bid was also made to Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership to help extend this scheme to the Tackling Worklessness in Peterborough group headed up by Cross Keys Homes.
Cross Keys Homes’ Community Investment Manager, Christina Malle, added: “We are committed to tackling unemployment and helping young people move forward with their lives and are pleased that we have been able to support so many successful pre-Apprentices to date.
“Having pre-Apprentices working here has brought a range of talent and skills to the organisation and has helped to create many exciting opportunities with three now recruited as full time Apprentices here.”
Cross Keys Homes also works with Peterborough City Council's 0-19 Service and Jobcentre Plus to deliver its Moving 4ward programme.
For more information about Cross Keys Homes’ Pre-apprentice scheme, please email email@example.com.
Written by April Dolby, Communications and Marketing pre-Apprentice.