This week is National Apprenticeship Week. I am extremely proud of how so many of our apprentices and trainees have gone on to secure permanent roles, promotion, and success within teams across RBH. The recruitment, support, and development of our apprentices is a real demonstration of our shared values in action. This includes our commitment to paying all our employees, including our apprentices, at least the real Living Wage, and the opportunities that we have provided to support local residents and RBH tenants into these roles.
The past year has been a challenge for all of us, and particularly so for our apprentices who have had to cope with short notice changes both to their working day and to their study. I want to take this opportunity to share some of the successes and achievements of our current cohort of apprentices, who have all risen to this challenge.
- During the first lockdown, our apprentice plumber Harrison Leech volunteered to support the pantry projects - delivering food to customers who were not able to collect. Not only was this support hugely appreciated but it helped Harrison to develop his customer service skills - and he is now a permanent member of the repairs team after completing his qualification.
- Lorna O'Malley, Andrea Clarke, and Sean Wolfenden have all moved into new roles within RBH after receiving glowing reviews from their tutor. Lorna has completed her qualification and Andrea and Sean are putting the finishing touches to their qualifications. Andrea was also nominated and shortlisted for "best newcomer" at the recent VIP awards!
- Paige Ellis continues in her role in the HOOP team after completing her level three business administration qualification - before starting at University.
- Good luck to Shayan Raja who is undertaking his level four exams as well as providing great support to colleagues as part of our Procurement Team.
- After working with the Finance and Repairs Planning Teams during lockdown last year, Janey Riley has started a secondment with new safeguarding team.
- This has been an extremely challenging year for our repairs team apprentices and I am extremely proud to hear about how well they have adapted to the big changes both in their working roles and their college courses. Good luck to all our team - Nicole Byrne, John Taylor, Josh Campbell, Michael Dolan, Ross Gibbison, Paul Golden, Jake McNally, and Ben Bagshaw - as their progress with their qualifications and gather evidence for their portfolios.
- It was great to have the opportunity to catch up with our three newest apprentices - Jodie Daintry, Sophie Wilkinson, and Tinneke Austen - as part of their induction. I'm glad to hear that they have settled in so quickly despite the unconventional induction process - and if you keep an eye on our website and social media this week, you'll hear more from Jodie, Sophie, and Tinneke!
In the middle of National Apprenticeship Week, we're hosting an online session on Thursday 11th February to help any tenants who are worried about finding work or need advice or help to manage their money. Colleagues from the RBH Money Advice and Work and Skills teams will be joined by the advisors from the Employment Links Partnership and Rochdale Council.
Registration for the session is via the online form - and please do share the link if you know a friend, family member, or neighbour who might find the session helpful!
Best wishes and stay safe!
Gareth Swarbrick - RBH Chief Executive