More than One Direction- National Apprenticeship Week

Apprenticeships can bring about change and opportunity to take people in new and exciting directions in their jobs.
Proving that there is more than one direction in a job or company which people can take, we caught up with two guys from Osborne Property Services, who are in the throws of making their mark in National Apprenticeship Week.

We learnt about the new direction Will and Isaac took in their roles.

Will was transferred to Osborne when they were awarded a contract in Hemel Hempstead, initially as a labourer. He was quickly identified as a hard worker and someone who had potential, so he was asked to manage the warehouse. Will has been able to put his learning into practice and made the warehouse a more efficient part of what the company do.

Isaac joined the business as an apprentice and he has spent the last 18 months moving around different departments to gain a good understanding of what the company do and how it all links together. By doing this he has also had the opportunity to develop his new skills and put them into practice. Isaac has recently enrolled to do Level 3!

Isaac said “My apprenticeship has helped me understand how business works, to make friends and create a network of contacts.”

Osborne’s Property Services Managing Director, Carol Bailey, explains:
“Providing employment opportunities in our local communities is a commitment that we are proud of. Our mentored apprenticeship programme means that we maintain a local employment base and contribute to developing careers. This is especially important with the shortage of skilled tradespeople within the industry. Apprenticeships bring true business benefits too.  We are developing a pool of talent who are motivated, committed and loyal.  So as far as we’re concerned it’s a win-win situation.”

Osborne’s Apprenticeship Awards are in their third year and during the course of this week have been celebrating the huge success and commitment of their apprentices.

Osborne Property Services, who look after the repair and maintenance of more than 60,000 homes for customers across London and the South East, take apprenticeships seriously.

Currently, the firm is supporting 31 apprentices across the business in a variety of roles from Maintenance Operatives to Managers, Business Administrators and Surveyors.