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Recruitment pilot scheme a success

Apprentice Stephen Cochran, who has benefitted from the partnership between Homes for Northumberland and Northumberland College. Picture by Simon Williams - www.crestphotography.co.uk

Apprentice Stephen Cochran, who has benefitted from the partnership between Homes for Northumberland and Northumberland College. Picture by Simon Williams - www.crestphotography.co.uk

A housing management company has launched an apprenticeship recruitment programme in partnership with Northumberland College.

Homes for Northumberland (HfN) has now created 16 new apprenticeship roles following a successful recruitment pilot initiative.

Working with the college, HfN began the pilot with one vacancy and has now offered Stephen Cochran, 21, from Blyth, a full-time position as a plumber after he successfully completed a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

The pilot saw the college advertise vacancies on behalf of HfN as well as shortlist candidates, which helped to recruit Stephen.

And due to its success, 16 additional vacancies have since been created within the housing company.

Stephen said: “Working and attending Northumberland College one day per week has been great because I’ve been putting the skills I’ve learnt at college to good use and getting a full-time job is great.”

The programme covers various roles found within a housing management company including both office-based and trades such as business administration, social housing, repairs and maintenance.

Kevin Lowry, managing director at HfN, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer apprenticeships.

“It is a great way for young people to learn the skills that our organisation requires.

“It is also beneficial to our company to expand our team with well-motivated staff ager to develop their skills and Northumberland College helped us at every stage of the recruitment process.”

HfN manages the housing stock belonging to Northumberland County Council and is responsible for some 8,500 properties.

Northumberland College offers more than 40 apprenticeship frameworks and works with over 700 businesses across the region.

Prospective apprentices are encouraged to attend one of the college’s regular open events, while employers can find out more by visiting www.northumberland.ac.uk/employers

 

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