Six local people have been offered permanent jobs at a Gateshead social housing provider, having successfully completed a four-year apprenticeship with the company.
The Gateshead Housing Company provides housing services on behalf of Gateshead Council, and delivers repairs and improvement work to almost 20,000 council homes.
Electricians Josh Turner, Carl Maloney, Daniel McMahon and Connor Davis, and Gas Plumbers Connor Stobbs and Jack Barron will now begin the next part of their careers, taking on a wide range of work including fitting, servicing and maintenance.
Their achievement was recognised with a presentation and buffet lunch, with representatives from the housing company board of directors, senior managers from Gateshead Council, apprenticeship mentors and other key people who contributed to the apprentices’ success.
Also at the event was Josh Laugher, one of the company’s new apprenticeship recruits who starts a plastering apprenticeship in September. The event gave Josh the opportunity to chat to this year’s graduates about their apprenticeship experience.
Gas Plumber Jack Barron said: “During my apprenticeship I’ve had experience in various teams around the company, working in maintenance, empty properties, boiler installation, and repairs.
“I particularly enjoyed repairs, as I find diagnosing problems really interesting.”
Neil Bouch, Interim Managing Director, said: “I’d like to congratulate our graduates on their achievement, and I hope this is the start of a long, successful career with us.
“Since 2017 we have recruited to a variety of apprenticeships including joiners, plumbers, plasterers, electricians and business administration.
“We hope to expand on our apprenticeship offer over the coming years.”
The housing company’s apprenticeships are available to all ages, and recruitment is in May/June every year. Anyone interested in next year’s intake can register now at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be notified when we are open for applications.
Photo (from left): Josh Turner, Connor Stobbs, Connor Davis, Daniel McMahon, Jack Barron and Carl Maloney.