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Muhammad Uddin and Isobel Moorhouse, two Yorkshire Housing apprentices, have been successful at the Yorkshire and Humber regional Apprenticeship Awards 2018. Muhammad was winner of the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award, whilst Isobel was highly commended in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category. The awards showcase the diverse range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships and celebrates outstanding apprentices, such as Muhammad and Isobel, who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships.

Muhammad Uddin, Yorkshire Housing apprentice said: ‘Winning the apprentice of the year award is a massive achievement! Apprenticeships are a really good opportunity to start your career. Yorkshire Housing has enabled me to develop my skills and abilities, by giving me hands-on experience across the business. Hard work and determination equals big rewards!”

Muhammad started his Yorkshire Housing apprenticeship straight after leaving school, joining the benefits and advice team. Within 12 months he achieved his level two business admin qualifications and successfully secured a role as customer complaints apprentice, enabling him to do his level three business admin qualification. Recently he was shortlisted in the top 20 Young Leader Inside Housing finalist awards.

He has been instrumental in the rollout of a new complaints system, mentoring new apprentices, running workshops and training staff. As an active apprentice champion he’s spoken at local BME forums, career events, been featured on podcasts, websites and represented on the Young Apprentice Ambassador network. He will now go on to the national apprentice finals in London.

Isobel, Yorkshire Housing apprentice surveyor, said: “Being highly commended is such an honour, I could not have done it without all the help and support of my co-workers at Yorkshire Housing. My apprenticeship has given me the skills and confidence to pursue a career within the housing sector and I have been able to follow up my apprenticeship with a full time role within the company which I am enjoying immensely. I feel as though the skills I have gained are something only an apprenticeship can offer.”

Isobel joined Yorkshire Housing in 2015 as apprentice surveyor and in May 2018 completed the level three apprenticeship in property maintenance surveying, achieving 100 per cent distinctions for elements of her surveying qualifications and also received the chief executive award. During her apprenticeship Isobel carved a niche for herself as a priceless member of the repairs investment team. She is also a member of the young ambassador network.

Kiran Olak, Yorkshire Housing’s senior people development coordinator, said: “We are incredibly proud that Muhammad and Isobel have been successful at these prestigious apprentice awards. They are a real credit to Yorkshire Housing and have done so much to champion apprenticeships. I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a Yorkshire Housing apprentice to get in touch with us.”

The awards were hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service, recognising apprentices who made a significant contribution to their workplaces. They provide businesses and individuals with a platform to showcase how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and their careers.

Find out more about how to become a Yorkshire Housing Apprentice on our website.