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Good Neighbour 2015: Lisa Grant6 October 2015

Published 6 October 2015
Lisa Grant won the award in the Good Neighbour category in WDH’s 2015 Love Where You Live Awards.

Standbridge Lane Community Centre is ready to cook!6 October 2015

Published 6 October 2015
Standbridge Lane Community Centre in Kettlethorpe has now opened its new kitchen facilities thanks to support from WDH, and has plans to hold Cook and Eat courses for local residents.
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Young Achiever 2015: Louie Jay Smith5 October 2015

Published 5 October 2015
Louie won the Young Achiever Category in WDH’s 2015 Love Where You Live Awards.

WDH services come to you5 October 2015

Published 5 October 2015
As part of National Customer Service Week (5-9 October 2015), WDH’s Customer Service Team will run a week-long roadshow to raise awareness of its commitment to providing the best possible services.

Our winners all love where they live2 October 2015

Published 2 October 2015
Tenants, residents and community groups were among the winners at WDH’s annual Love Where You Live Awards grand final last night.

Croftlands residents sat and worked out!1 October 2015

Published 1 October 2015
Residents at WDH’s Croftlands Extra Care Independent Living Scheme in Ossett are getting fit while they sit by taking part in arm chair exercise and boccia bowling classes organised by the Senior Citizens Support Group.

People learnt how to save lives at Lightwaves Leisure Centre25 September 2015

Published 25 September 2015
People learnt how to save lives at Lightwaves Leisure Centre recently thanks to an event organised by WDH and the charity Heartbeat of Sport.
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Plans for camera obscura in Pontefract24 September 2015

Published 24 September 2015
An old bird aviary in Pontefract’s Valley Gardens has been renovated as part of WDH’s Love Where You Live project, an initiative which aims to transform and improve local green spaces.
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One week left to vote in our Love Where You Live Awards21 September 2015

Published 21 September 2015
Our Love Where You Live Awards 2015 is going from strength to strength, receiving nearly 5,000 online votes on our dedicated website www.lovewhereyouliveawards.co.uk since its launch in August.

Share our Love Where You Live Awards video to win £100 of shopping vouchers!17 September 2015

Published 17 September 2015
We’ve already achieved 4,000 votes – and if you help us reach 8,000 votes before 28 September you could win £100 shopping vouchers.
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WDH – It’s in our DNA
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WDH – It’s in our DNA

Published 15 March 2016

Over the past few months WDH employees have been having their say on what it is that makes us who we are.  We call it our DNA.


For those hoping to join us as part of our 2016 apprenticeship intake the task is straightforward - show us the behaviours we expect from all our employees: determination, nous and attitude.

Such is the importance we place on getting our recruitment right, last year about 50% of our vacancies were filled by internal candidates, and over a third resulted in the promotion of an employee.  A fantastic achievement, and one we’re trying to build upon.
 

To help us keep hold of all our talent, just last year we launched a scheme to enable us to identify, develop and challenge employees who we think have high potential - something only 21% of businesses choose to do. Through a combination of tailored training, work and networking opportunities, we hope to encourage even more employees to follow in the footsteps of people like Tom Storey, a former apprentice plumber who very quickly progressed into a managerial role.
 

Among the routes into employment we offer, our award-winning apprenticeship scheme is one of our most successful.  Mixing the practical experience of building properties alongside repairs and maintenance work in our tenants’ homes, our trade apprentices graduate as some of the most highly skilled construction workers in West Yorkshire.



All our recruits are taught exactly what it takes to consistently deliver an outstanding service, and apprentices flourish because they develop skills outside of their chosen specialism.  This helps them become more proficient, and our tenants benefit as a result because fewer call outs are needed to complete work.  Having a multi‑skilled workforce also means we’re able to offer a value for money repairs and maintenance service to other housing associations right across Yorkshire.  Everyone wins!



With an apprenticeship levy in the pipeline and the government determined to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, it’s clear we must continue to invest in both our entry-level recruitment activity and developing existing employees.



Looking to the future our new training facility will enable us to reach out to students before they consider their options in Year 8 and 9, and this should result in us seeing the strongest and most-informed candidates applying for our roles.



Last year I was astounded to see more than 600 people turn up to our first ever apprenticeship open evening, and tonight we are once again looking forward to another informative and busy night. For those with the WDH DNA it’s the perfect opportunity to find out what we have in store for them. 



Potential applicants can drop in to our headquarters at Merefield House (WF10 5HX) this evening between 5.30 pm and 7 pm.  Family and friends are welcome to attend. 

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