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Yorkshire Housing’s outstanding people and development team has won in the Best Apprenticeship category for the Women in Housing Awards 2018. The annual award celebrates women who work in the housing sector, with this year’s ceremony taking place in Manchester. The Yorkshire Housing apprentices programme is supported by a dedicated team of amazing women.

Kiran Olak, Yorkshire Housing’s senior people development coordinator, said: “It’s incredibly encouraging to win this national award. Since Yorkshire Housing recruited its first apprentice in 2007 the programme has gone from strength to strength. Yorkshire Housing has a ‘grow your own’ culture which truly is demonstrated by the retention rates of apprentices.


“Our small, dedicated team are focused on developing our apprentices. We are always on hand to offer advice and coaching, encouraging everyone from any backgrounds to reach their full potential on the apprentice scheme.”

Yorkshire Housing apprentice, Luscha Caruso-Birrane, said: “It is refreshing to work for a company that genuinely lives its values, everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I am very lucky to be able to complete my apprenticeship alongside such a fantastic team and I am very proud that we won this award!”

Delivering apprenticeships is a team effort at Yorkshire Housing, including managers and mentors. So far 101 apprentices have either completed or are currently working on their apprenticeship with the organisation. The scheme has a cohort of 25 apprentices at any one time, with around seven to nine positions changing yearly.

Over 70 per cent of apprentices have stayed in the business, with some teams having a strong contingent of either former or current apprentices. The apprenticeship scheme also helps to create a more diverse workforce, encouraging candidates from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Read the full list of winners.