This week (3 to 9 February) is National Apprenticeship Week and we’re getting involved at Lewisham Homes.
The annual celebration is designed to bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.
At Lewisham Homes, we are committed to supporting and investing in local young people, and have trained more than 90 apprentices over the past 10 years, with many going on to earn permanent positions in the organisation. There are opportunities in a range of roles, from learning a trade such as plumbing or electrical in our repairs team, to providing admin support for our services helping residents.
This week we’ll be hearing from managers about how apprentices have helped their team through hard work and new perspectives, as well as from apprentices past and present about their experience of on-the-job training at Lewisham Homes.
Managers across the business told us about the positive impact apprentices have made. Glenda Omogbai, service charge and sales manager, said: “The apprentices we have had in the home ownership team have brought business continuity, diversity and quality. It’s been a pleasure working with all three of them within the team.’
Karen Woodcock, lettings team leader, added: “Apprentices are a very important part of our team. They are a great opportunity to develop someone and watch their career blossom. They begin to learn the basics of the team and organisation as a whole to see how it all fits together.”
“Having an apprentice brings fresh ideas and helps the team to look at things differently,” commented Jo Seward, senior independent living officer. “Ashley, our current apprentice, has brought enthusiasm and positivity to the team and it’s been a great delight to have him on board.”
Keep an eye on our website for interviews with new and longer-standing apprentices to find out more about being an apprentice at Lewisham Homes, or head to our apprentices page for more information.