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To mark National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve committed to increasing our investment in apprenticeships by 60% in a boost to local jobs. 

The additional £140k in funding will allow us to employ a total of 30 apprentices across a variety of roles in areas such as IT, Data, Surveying, Learning and Development, Business Administration, Customer Service, Electrical, Gas and Plumbing, Property Maintenance, Environmental Horticulture. 

We welcomed our first apprentice in 2007. Since then over 120 people have joined us, receiving on the job training in everything from plumbing to producing digital content.  

The sector is facing several challenges over the next few years, such as the move to phase out gas boilers and reach net-zero by 2050 all while continuing to deliver more affordable homes. Developing ‘home grown’ talent is a key solution to addressing a growing skills shortage.  

Our apprenticeship scheme is regarded as one of the best in the region. In 2018 YH apprentice, Muhammad Uddin won National Intermediate Apprentice of the Year. He joined us straight from school as an Income apprentice. He’s since gone on to achieve his Level 2 and Level 3 business administration qualifications and is now working towards his Level 3 Team Leading award and has been promoted to Customer Service Resolution Adviser. 

Speaking about the importance of work-based learning, Muhammad said: “My apprenticeship at Yorkshire Housing has enabled me to develop my skills and abilities by giving me hands-on experience across the business. Hard work and determination equal big rewards.” 

We’re keen to highlight how apprenticeships aren’t just for those leaving school. People of all ages have joined us in recent years looking for a change of career or wanting to learn new skills. 

Kiran Olak, who leads our apprenticeship programme said: 

“We’ve got some really exciting roles up for grabs when our application window opens next month. Anyone over the age of 16 and living in England can do an apprenticeship. There’s no upper age limit. All you need is a keen interest to learn and build your future. 

 

“All of our apprentices are given real hands-on training and offered ongoing support that allows them to progress their career with Yorkshire Housing.” 

Nick Atkin, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Housing said:  

“We’re really proud of our Yorkshire roots and I’m delighted that we’re increasing the amount we invest in developing home grown talent.  

 

“Housing is much more than bricks and mortar – we’re looking for people who have a passion for technology, business, customer service, data, alongside roles in plumbing and electrical engineering. Many of our apprentices have gone on to gain higher qualifications to help them progress even further and faster with their career. 

 

“Yorkshire Housing apprentices get hands on work, in a real business, and a guaranteed salary. As an employer, we get to see a fresh injection of talent, keen, interested people bursting with innovative ideas. Our apprentices make a real difference to our business and customers – they work, collaborate and learn and I’m looking forward to welcoming new members to the team later this year.” 

The full list of our apprenticeship opportunities go live at the end of March. Anyone interested can keep an eye our here.