What Happened During October 2016

National Apprenticeship Service – Regional Awards 2016 Success

On Wednesday 5th October 2016 employees from The Community Housing Group (TCHG) attended the National Apprenticeship Service Regional Apprenticeship Awards held at Sketchley Grange Hotel in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

The Awards, now in their thirteenth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and nas-regional-photo-2016recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

During the ceremony TCHG were named West Midlands Large Employer of the Year 2016, a great achievement for the Group.

Marina Banner, Executive Director of Vestia and Corporate Services at TCHG, commented: “This is another fantastic result for the company. Our apprentice scheme is one which we cherish and value. Our apprentices are our employees and managers of the future and it is a great progression route, providing them and our business with the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in today’s competitive market”.

Job Centre Plus Event

On Friday 7th October 2016 Vestia Training’s Employment Services team supported Kidderminster Job Centre with an 18-24 In to Work Event.

Claimants were able to meet various employers, agencies and training providers from the local job-centre-logoarea, giving them a chance to find out information on upcoming employment opportunities, training courses and Apprenticeships.

The event was a success for us; we were able to recruit a number of claimants on to our Employment Services course, where we will be able to support them further.

Baxter College Community Project

Back in September we commenced a community project at Baxter College in-conjunction with Keepmoat. During phase one of the project we transformed an un-used section of the playground in to a seating area using raised flower beds.

On Wednesday 19th October 2016 we returned to Baxter College to complete phase one, where we spent the morning filling in the flower beds with some Baxter College pupils and were able to get some pupils from the Wyre Forest School involved.

We were given the opportunity to promote Apprenticeships and talk to the Baxter College pupilsandy-pupil about the importance of GCSE’s.

The pupils also got a chance to hear first-hand from Andy Snowdon. Andy, an ex-pupil of Baxter College started his Apprenticeship with us back in September 2016. He is now working as a Grounds Maintenance Apprentice in the Oakleaf Grounds Team; he previously completed two years of work experience, one day per week, with the team whilst at school. Andy found the school environment challenging and was therefore given this opportunity by TCHG and Oakleaf.  This gave him the chance to complete his GCSE’s, whilst gaining valuable grounds maintenance experience, which will now help him excel over the next two years.

 

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West Midlands Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (WMYAAN) Meeting

On Friday 28th October 2016 employees from The Community Housing Group attended the third WMYAAN meeting, held at the Skills Funding Agency in Birmingham.

Kathleen Sandford, Learning and Development Administrator at Vestia Training is the Chair of the Network, and Evie Brookes, Assistant HR Advisor is also an active member.

The Community Housing Group supports this Network alongside other West Midland based organisations such as Jaguar Land Rover, BT, Sanctuary Housing and the AA.

The aim of the West Midlands Young Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network is to grow the Apprenticeships programme by promoting all aspects of Apprenticeships. Ambassadors do this by attending/supporting events, promoting Apprenticeships online and talking amongst colleagues and/or peers.

Following on from this meeting, we joined Twitter @WestMidsYAAN and created a personalised email account (Info@WMYAAN.co.uk).

If you have an interest in this Network send us an email, we welcome all Apprentices from within the West Midlands.

Welcome to Luke Skett, our Grounds Maintenance Apprentice

On Monday 24th October 2016 we welcomed Luke Skett, the latest Apprentice to join our ogsProgramme. Luke is the last Grounds Maintenance Apprentice to be recruited for this year’s Programme.

Over the next two years Luke will be working towards a Level 2 in Horticulture, whilst working full time in the Oakleaf Grounds team.