National Apprenticeship Week 4-8 March

News Date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

It's National Apprenticeship Week 4-8 March, celebrating apprentices in the workplace!

NPH currently have 11 apprentices working and training with us across a range of services. Training is funded by the government’s levy scheme which was introduced by the government in 2017 to help get more people leaving school into workplace training. 

We'd like to tell you a story about two of our apprentices - Jordan and Jake - who have followed their mothers’ footsteps by taking an apprenticeship...25 years after their mums' (Chloe and Kelly) first did theirs!

 

Jake and Jordan joined NPH in October 2018.

They are part of 4 other Trades apprentices who joined the Repairs Team. 

Their mums’ Chloe and Kelly started working together as apprentices at Northampton Borough Council in 1993 as part of the government’s youth training scheme of the time.

Kelly joined straight from school and her first job was to deliver the post, a task she says could be quite challenging due to the layout of the office - “I remember walking into the Guildhall and every floor looked the same, I was convinced I was going to get lost when I was delivering the post!”

Chloe worked as a Local Government apprentice across several departments at the Council including ICT, and Press and Public, then continued to work and study part time in Business Administration at Northampton College. Both mums now work for NPH in Housing Systems and Housing Support, respectively.

 

“Our mums have long and good careers from their apprenticeships" 

Seeing their mums' career path from their apprenticeships has had an influence on Jake and Jordan’s own choice into work.

Jake, Kelly's son: “I’ve always wanted to do an apprenticeship and knew it was right for me”.

Jordan and Jake’s apprenticeship involves 1 day a week at EAS Mechanical - an established City & Guilds and EAL approved Training Centre based in Northampton. Here they learn the skills to their trade, and then practice them with on the job training alongside experienced members of NPH’s Repairs Team. 

Jake is training to be an electrician while Jordan is training to be a plumber. They started in October with no experience in their trade but are getting better and better by the day.

“We are already thinking about staying past the apprenticeship. We are recommending to our friends and telling them to keep a look out online when they next come around!”

Why choose an apprenticeship?

It’s a great route into work if you want to earn and learn at the same time! You receive on the job training, get involved in improving practices and build up your experience.

Opportunities aren’t just limited to college leavers. 

Find out more about National Apprenticeship Week and opportunities that may be available to you at - www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-week-2019