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Beyond Housing welcomes eight new apprentices

Beyond Housing has welcomed eight new apprentices to its teams in Redcar and Scarborough with two joining as part of its new VIP scheme.

The scheme, which provides Beyond Housing customers a route into apprenticeships, is part of the housing association’s ongoing commitment to developing local talent.

Jack Crookes (17), who is a plastering apprentice in Scarborough, and Megan Beckley (17), who joins the housing team in Redcar, are customers of Beyond Housing, and gained their apprenticeships as part of the VIP scheme.

An ICT role was also offered to 18-year-old Ben Passman, an existing internal apprentice from Redcar.

The apprenticeship programme provides local young people with the opportunity to earn a wage while studying their chosen profession at the same time.

Along with Jack, Megan and Ben, five other apprentices recently joined the programme, which includes roles in plumbing and heating, painting, plastering, housing, ICT and business administration.

Joining Jack and Megan on the programme are:

  • Oliver Scott (16), Plumber, Scarborough
  • Thomas Rowley (21), Housing, Scarborough
  • Joe Kenyon (17), Plumber, Redcar
  • George Bailey (17), Painting, Redcar
  • Holly Jo Gray (22), Business Admin, Redcar

Emma Tooth, Apprentice and Volunteer Team Leader at Beyond Housing said:

“Our apprenticeships offer fantastic opportunities to local people looking for a chance to earn a wage while they study towards their chosen profession.

“This year, we also offered additional support for customers living in our homes through our VIP apprenticeship scheme and this has seen Jack and Megan welcomed to the Beyond Housing family.

“We like to make sure our apprentices get the best start in their careers, so we prepare them with interactive sessions in partnership with local colleges and training providers, so they smoothly transition into their new roles.

“This year, our apprentices range from school leavers to career changers aged between 16-28 years of age, demonstrating the diverse opportunities we have on offer.

“I look forward to seeing them progress in their careers with Beyond Housing.”

Jack Crookes said: ” I found the help and support of the VIP scheme really useful. It gave me the tools I needed for a successful interview, I have enjoyed the induction week, getting to know everyone and learning about Beyond Housing and can’t wait to get started on the job plastering with my mentor”

Megan Beckley said: “I am really getting stuck in, and it is very interesting although it is a lot to learn I’m enjoying the challenge. Everyone is so keen to help and there’s a lot of friendly faces in the office making me feel very comfortable.”