Social landlord's first apprentice swaps tips with newest recruit

A fresh-faced recruit has been given the inside scoop on working for a social landlord by its first-ever apprentice. 

Futures Housing Group invited their newest apprentice, Amelia Wayne, to meet their first apprentice, Bryn Henton, to mark National Apprenticeship Week. 

Bryn, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, joined the East Midlands social landlord in 2010 as an apprentice electrician and has since worked for contractors before returning to Futures to work in the repairs team. Amelia, from Ripley, will start her business admin apprenticeship on 20 March. 

Amelia, 19, said: “I learn better hands on, in a practical way. 

“I was looking for an alternative route and didn’t understand apprenticeships at first and I thought they were a boy thing. 

“I want progression and not something that’s just making tea and filing, this position seemed perfect for me as I want to work my way up.” 

The pair met at the organisation’s apprentice reunion event, where Bryn was able to share tips on managing work with studying. 

The event was organised as part of National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate Futures’ ten year anniversary. 

Karen Allen, Futures’ HR Business Partner, said: “We’re committed to supporting apprentices as they are a great asset to us and our customers and that’s why we’ve pledged to have apprentices make up at least five per cent of the workforce. 

“Bryn is a great ambassador for apprenticeships and has helped us to shape our offer, so we were pleased to give him the chance to share his experience with Amelia before she starts with us.” 

Along with sharing his experience with Amelia, Bryn has also worked with other apprentices since re-joining his former employer. 

Reflecting on his career the 25-year-old said: “It’s come full circle, I have come here and trained another apprentice who has recently qualified. 

“I can help him and what he’s doing as it wasn’t that long ago since I did mine. When I started my apprenticeship I was one of the only ones and we were feeling our way around. It helps to have someone to talk to about the work.” 

Futures currently employs 14 apprentices who receive on-the-job training as well attending classroom based learning with Derby College or Access Training - co-owned by Futures and Nottingham Community Housing Association. 

Since 2010 the social landlord has support 35 apprentices across the business. 

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