Win Win Solution- the Benefits of Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships provide a number of benefits including employment opportunities in local communities. This is especially important in a time of shortage of skilled tradespeople within the industry.
Apprenticeships bring true business benefits too. Osborne is currently developing a pool of talent who are motivated, committed and loyal.
Osborne continues to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and caught up with James and Joe, apprentices at Osborne Property Services, who shared their experiences with us;
James joined Osborne two years ago, as an apprentice plumber. Since that time he has had different mentors whilst carrying out repairs in customers’ properties. James attends Bedford College one day a week and then is able to put into practice what he has learnt during the week. James is due to complete his apprenticeship in July.
A resident recently wrote to Osborne about James and his mentor, Kevin.
In the letter, the resident said;
“The reason for this letter is to let you know about the rapport between your plumber and your apprentice. Everything was explained, as the job proceeded and apprentice was fully involved in an active role, I overheard the proceedings and was very impressed. This young man will achieve a lot with tuition like this. A credit to them both and you.”
Joe lives in Waltham Forest and joined the contract last summer to undertake a Surveying Apprenticeship. He works with the Osborne Voids Team four days a week and attends Barking and Dagenham College one day a week where he learns about construction and the built environment.
As part of his apprenticeship programme, Joe will gain BTEC and NVQs at Level 3.
These qualifications will allow him to progress to further study, enabling him to achieve Chartered status in the future. There is a shortage of Chartered Surveyors in the industry, so Joe is set for a bright and successful future.
Joe said; “The best part of my apprenticeship has been the ability to communicate with people and take pride in doing something worthwhile in the environment I live in. Some of these properties have been severely mistreated, and it’s a nice feel being able to help provide families with decent homes to live in.”