We’re committed to supporting and investing in young people who live in our borough. One of the ways we do that is through apprenticeships. Although apprenticeships are associated with school leavers, many schemes have evolved and are now highly valued training and education routes with an emphasis on quality, knowledge and practical skills.
As a large organisation, we’re investing in apprenticeships for new managers to help them get the right skills in line with industry standards. It’s also an excellent example of how the business can fund the training for their existing staff using the Apprenticeship Levy.
We have recently placed seven new apprentices on nationally-recognised apprenticeships, and have asked some of our current apprentices to share their stories.
Alfie, Mark and Michael are currently studying horticulture at North Kent College.
Alfie always wanted to be a gardener. The course will enable him to learn more of the technical side of his job.
For Mark, the apprenticeship has enabled him to be in full-time employment and learn on the job at the same time. It’s very hands-on.
Michael saw an opportunity to further his education in gardening and the course has enabled him to gain more formal experience in this area.
Usman, who likes to be known as Ollie, is our youngest apprentice, aged 16. He started his CIH Certificate in Housing and Property Management Assistant Level 2 apprenticeship in the fire risk assessment team as an administration support officer. Ollie wanted to get into property from a young age so when he saw a vacancy at Lewisham Homes, he jumped at the opportunity and got the job. It’s his first ‘real’ job after finishing sixth form. Born and bred in Lewisham, Ollie is enjoying the challenge as he feels supported by both his work colleagues and college staff. He is surrounded by people with a lot of knowledge and experience and they are invaluable to have during his apprenticeship journey.
Olivia is our newest apprentice working in the recruitment team. She will shortly be studying the Level 3 Recruitment Consultant Apprenticeship.
Olivia admits the field can be very competitive and difficult to get into so the opportunity of getting hands-on experience at Lewisham Homes will be very beneficial. Being able to study while learning on the job is fantastic for providing an individual with all the experience needed to succeed within that field. Olivia is really enjoying working at Lewisham Homes and is looking forward to seeing where it takes her in the future.
Lawrence works in the compliance department as a multi-skilled apprentice. In his role he contacts residents, contractors and collects information while always adhering to the government guidelines.
Before lockdown, Lawrence was employed as a chef so the apprenticeship at Lewisham Homes offered him the opportunity to move into a new role and change career while working and learning in a completely different industry.
He said: ‘’The apprenticeship programme is a brilliant way of introducing learners to new, like-minded people who want to make a difference to the local area,”
Neil is one of our compliance contracts managers (security) within the compliance team at Lewisham Homes, and an apprentice.
In October 2020 Neil started a ‘Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship’ provided via the Open University and funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. He says: “I have been working in the security sector for 29 years which shows that apprenticeships are not just for younger people; you can access higher education at any age. If you’re thinking of doing an Open University degree, go for it! Plan your weeks and stick to a time table, allow the correct amount of time to study and learn. As an example, I have an 18-20 hour study week as I have two modules running in tandem. The good news is as part of the apprenticeship you are allowed 20% time off the job for study. For me this is a Wednesday. Lewisham Homes has provided lots of support and an opportunity to further my career, and by doing so they have invested in furthering the organisations’ aspirations and objectives.”