EARN AS YOU LEARN
Do you find it hard to sit in a classroom? Would you rather be learning on the job? Then an apprenticeship might be a potential route for you.
In the last five years, we have recruited 29 apprentices internally and 89 apprentices directly through our contractor partners.
Apprenticeships provide a fantastic opportunity for people to gain valuable skills, experience and qualifications while still taking home a wage.
Ella, our people services advisor, completed a Business Service apprenticeship with us. We caught up with her to find out what advice she has for those who may be considering the apprenticeship route.
Ella winning Apprentice of the Year in 2017 at our company awards with our CEO, Lee Sugden
Name: Ella Scully Role: People Services Advisor
What made you sign up for the apprenticeship scheme?
I wasn’t really enjoying college. I found it really difficult to engage. I felt that learning whilst working on the job was definitely better suited to me.
How did you become an advisor in the People Services team?
After finishing my level two qualification in Business Admin and learning more about the different roles at Salix Homes, I decided People Services was the department I saw myself in.
What does your job entail and what is the best part about it?
Responding to staff enquiries regarding pay, annual leave and assisting with recruitment campaigns are some of the tasks I do within my role. My favourite part about the job is the people - I really enjoy building relationships.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I see myself still working in People Services, hopefully in a more senior role such as a team leader. I recently passed my Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 5 qualification in Human Resources, which I think will help me to achieve this goal.
"MY APPRENTICESHIP REALLY HELPED ME TO GAIN CLARITY ON WHAT CAREER PATH I WANTED TO GO DOWN. IT TRULY GAVE ME THE BEST START TO MY CAREER."
Would you recommend an apprenticeship to someone who is considering signing up to one?
Apprenticeships might not be for everyone and there are some challenges to this way of working. You do need to be strict with yourself and manage your time carefully. However, if you can do this, then I absolutely would recommend it to anyone considering.
They are a great way to give you a taster of the working life and give you the experience that many organisations are looking for, as well as the opportunity to gain further qualifications.
My apprenticeship really helped me to gain clarity on what career path I wanted to go down. It truly gave me the best start to my career.
We offer apprenticeship roles in a whole range of areas from environmental to customer services.
To find out more about an apprenticeship with us and opportunities available in the future, visit www.salixhomes.org/jobs