WDH is marking the 15th year of its apprenticeship scheme during National Apprenticeship Week by celebrating the achievements of its apprentices, who have had to face the challenge of entering the world of work during a global pandemic.
National Apprenticeship Week’s Build the Future: Train, Retrain and Achieve campaign starts today (Monday 7 February) with a week-long celebration of the benefits of apprenticeships and how employers and apprentices alike have shown resilience during a challenging year.
WDH’s award-winning apprenticeship programme has been running for 15 years with over 180 apprentices recruited during that time in both trades based and office based roles. Of these 95% have secured full-time, permanent employment with the organisation.
Following a hybrid of digital and face to face recruitment, five apprentices were welcomed by WDH in September 2021 into craft positions including gas, electrical, and plumbing.
Despite the challenges of the last 20 months, all five apprentices have shown amazing resilience and commitment to their new roles at WDH. They have adapted well to blended learning both practically by working on housing projects to work on their technical skills and also have had to attend online lessons. They continue to build the skills and knowledge that they need to progress with their careers.
Chief Executive of WDH, Andy Wallhead said: “It’s a happy coincidence that our apprenticeship scheme at WDH is celebrating its 15th year the same time as National Apprenticeship Week. It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the many benefits that apprentices bring to WDH. We are committed to providing great opportunities for all people and this week gives us the opportunity to celebrate the last 15 years of valuable contributions and the impact that the apprentices have had on WDH.
“Apprenticeships provide more than a qualification; it gives the individuals real life working experiences which is fantastic for their overall confidence. Our focus now is to continue to provide positive and supportive environment.”
One of WDH’s apprentices, Katie Senior, Apprentice Electrician said: “The best thing about the apprenticeship is that I get paid to learn and I am gaining new skills. I would recommend the apprenticeship to anyone interested, especially females and ask them to have a go.”
Kenny Blythe, Apprentice Electrician, added: “For me the best part of the apprenticeship so far is that my mentor is letting me get hands on experience on the job. He is also teaching me a lot of things every day.”
WDH’s award-winning apprenticeship programme has been running for almost 15 years with over 180 apprentices recruited during that time. Of these, 95% have secured full-time, permanent employment with the organisation.
Learning and Development Manager at WDH, Kate Radovanovic, concluded: “The current apprentices have shown a lot of resilience and are an excellent addition to their teams. They are working really hard and it’s a privilege to be involved in supporting and shaping the careers of our apprentices.”
WDH will be launching its annual apprentice recruitment campaign in Spring 2022.
For more information on WDH’s apprenticeship scheme, visit www.wdh.co.uk/apprenticeships