Kathleen’s Visit to Number 10
During early January Kathleen Sandford, Vestia Training’s Learning & Development Administrator received an exciting invitation from David Cameron, Prime Minister, to attend No. 10 Downing Street as a guest at a drinks reception to celebrate Apprenticeships!
This took place on Monday 18th January 2016 and Kath was joined by other employer and apprentice finalists. Kath said about the experience: “I am very proud of my achievements and feel honoured to have represented the Group at this event”.
Employability Skills – Oakleaf Grounds Seasonal
As previously reported, during December 2015 we ran the first of two Employability Skills courses to recruit eleven seasonal workers for Oakleaf Grounds Services, during January 2016 we ran the second.
As well as perfecting CVs, creating application forms and taking part in two mock interviews the ten learners who successfully completed the January course also completed work experience with the Grounds department, and were subsequently given a guaranteed interview.
The interviews will be held week commencing 15th February 2016, and we are hopeful that some of the eleven posts will get filled by our learners.
Welcome Chloe, our Learning and Development Apprentice
On Tuesday 5th January 2016 the Vestia Training Team welcomed a new member to the team; Chloe was successful in gaining the Learning and Development Apprenticeship! Over the next two years she will be working towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration.
Chloe said “I’m very excited to begin my career; this is the perfect opportunity for me to develop new skills and build on my work place experience”.
Bewdley Work Experience Conference
Two apprentices delivered three short presentations to groups of pupils who had shown an interest in the careers we offer at The Community Housing Group.
We value the work we do with the local schools, it is important for us to get pupils interested and thinking about careers as early as possible.
National Apprenticeship Award Finals
Tuesday 26th January 2016 brought us the long awaited National Apprenticeship Awards Finals, and as previously mentioned Kathleen Sandford, Vestia Training’s Learning and Development Administrator was up for the National Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2015 award.
We are very pleased to announce Kathleen was named the National Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2015, and the overall winner of her category!
Kath said this about winning the National award “When I was successful in gaining an Apprenticeship with The Community Housing Group I never envisioned two and a half years on I would have achieved so much. I am very proud of my achievements and feel honoured to be represented my organisation at Number 10 and at the finals for the National Apprenticeship Service Awards”.
The Community Housing Group’s Apprenticeship Programme achieved further success at the Awards, as for a third year running they were recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers. The list is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Services and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.