tenants have been recruited to long-term positions at Barnet Homes after taking
part in the social landlords' first ever apprenticeship scheme.
Myles Duffy, Anifa
Junusso and Daisy Kao have joined Barnet Homes' workforce after completing the
year-long apprenticeship, while Aurora Antonio has been offered an 18-month
advanced apprenticeship at the organisation.
tenants who took part in Barnet Homes' first apprenticeship scheme have
improved their employment prospects through a combination of 'on the job'
experience within different teams and completion of a paid-for Chartered
Institute of Housing Qualification.
Myles Duffy said:
"I came here after having lots of different jobs on short contractors and
really wanted to develop a career. I've worked hard throughout the
apprenticeship and I'm so happy to get a job afterwards."
added: "The apprenticeship was everything I wanted and more. I got to
learn from knowledgeable people and I always found support when I needed it.
I've improved in so many areas."
A second wave of
apprentices are currently being selected by The Barnet Group, the parent
company which oversees Barnet Homes and its sister adult social care
organisation Your Choice Barnet.
Barnet Group Chief
Executive, Tracey Lees, said: "We're now one of Barnet's largest employers
and we're determined to do whatever we can to support local people into work
through our ongoing 'Feeling the Squeeze?' campaign.
particularly want to break the cycle of unemployment on some of our estates and
make them places of ambition. That's especially important at a time when the
government's welfare reform programme will reduce housing benefit for many of
delighted that some of our first apprentices have been successful in applying
for jobs at Barnet Homes and I look forward to following the progress of all of
the apprentices over the coming months and years."
The 'Feeling the
Squeeze?' campaign was established by Barnet Homes in spring 2009 to support
residents through the economic downturn by promoting training and employment
opportunities, financial support, money saving measures and much more.