Bournville College has recently worked in partnership with the Accord Group to offer the apprenticeship in Housing. As one of only a handful of training providers offering the course in the West Midlands, the Accord Group have been very impressed with the level of support given throughout by Bournville College.
The Accord Group’s services range from providing affordable homes to residential care for older people, with many other services in between. Over the last 10 years the organisation has grown substantially but has still managed to retain the ethos of localness, community and working in partnership. Today it is one of the leading housing associations working in the central England region.
Saima Yaqub, group learning and development advisor at the Accord Group revealed why the company decided to offer apprenticeship vacancies.
“In 2009 we pledged our commitment to help young people into work through our worklessness agenda and the creation of apprenticeships vacancies. The apprenticeship scheme has worked well for us and we have been able to take on a number of different apprentices in areas such as housing, health and social care and gardening. Our partnership with Bournville College is working out really well and I would recommend the college as an apprenticeship partner to other organisations too.”
Gopal Karir, 24 from Hall Green is studying the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Housing after deciding that the apprenticeship route would give him the chance to learn, work and earn – all at the same time. He said: “I had a relative who already worked for Accord and it looked a really interesting place to work.
“I am really enjoying the apprenticeship; I enjoy the engagement, liaising with the team and the whole working experience at Accord. I would certainly recommend the apprenticeship scheme to others – jobs are in short supply, university is out of reach for some and apprenticeships are a very strong alternative.
“I have received excellent support from everyone involved – the assessor comes out to me at work, Bournville College supports me on every level of the course and there is always someone to talk to within the Accord Group too. I am glad I chose the apprenticeship as it opens a lot of doors to progress into other roles within the company.”
n If your organisation needs support with setting up an apprenticeship scheme, contact the apprenticeship team at Bournville College on 0121 477 1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Wage grant of £1,500 may be available per learner (Eligibility criteria applies).
For your chance to meet your future apprentices, visit Bournville College at its Apprenticeship Open Evening on Tuesday, May 29, 2011, 6pm-8pm. Visit www.bournville.ac.uk for further information.