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New Charter gears up for more apprentices

06 March 2013

Housing association New Charter is joining businesses across the country to celebrate the impact apprentices have on the economy by announcing it will take on at least double the number of trainees this year.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week (11 – 15 March) New Charter is showing its continued support for apprentices with a pledge to take on at least 20 people from April.

Its role in apprenticeships has also taken a significant step forward as the lead partner in a new housing apprenticeship scheme for Greater Manchester called ‘Foundations in Housing’.

New Charter will work with other housing associations in the region and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) to run the apprenticeship programme on behalf of housing and training providers.

The scheme is funded by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through the ‘Employer Ownership of Skills’ pilot.  A successful bid was entered by GMCC, which secured part of a £250m pot of funding over two years which will be administered by Jigsaw Group.

New Charter currently has apprentices in a range of roles across the company including administration, domestic gas engineering, painting and decorating, and plastering.

During this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, the apprentices will run a series of events to raise money for local charity Willow Wood Hospice.

In the morning on Monday 11th they will sell tea and cakes to staff at New Charter’s offices in Ashton-under-Lyne with tombola and other activities in the afternoon.

Later in the week, they will visit schools to promote apprenticeships, drop-by sheltered housing schemes to have tea with tenants and volunteer at the charity they are raising money for.

Chris Amyes, New Charter’s executive director of people said: “We’ve always been very committed in giving young people opportunities to learn and develop and many of our apprentices have gone into jobs and other roles, including working permanently for us.

“This year we are showing our support for apprentices and the valuable work they do by getting ready to launch double the number of apprenticeships with our company.

“We’re also in the early stages of developing a regional project with other housing associations and partners to support them in delivering and running their own apprenticeship programmes in housing and construction.”