A picture of Lewis' story

Lewis Connolly – housing apprentice

Completing an apprenticeship with Sanctuary has already proved to be a great career move for Lewis, who has now secured a role as a trainee housing officer.

Based in Chester, the position sees him working in the local housing team, taking responsibility for his own patch of properties and liaising closely with residents to ensure we are providing the best possible service.

Having previously trained as a plumber, Lewis first found out about Sanctuary’s apprenticeship programme online when he was considering a change of career.

It was the chance to learn new skills while earning money at the same time that attracted him to the opportunity.

He said: “My apprenticeship has taught me lots of essential skills as well as giving my confidence a big boost. The scheme is very well structured and offers all the support you need to succeed.

“I had a mentor who I would work alongside daily and my manager and other colleagues were always very supportive and keen to help with any questions I might have.”

Having successfully completed his level two housing and property management apprenticeship, Lewis will now be studying for his level three qualification alongside his trainee housing officer role.

He says his progression since joining Sanctuary shows that apprenticeships work and are a great option for anyone looking for a path into a new career.

He said: “Apprenticeships are a great way to get your foot on the ladder in a new career.

“They give you a real insight into your role and responsibilities and help you gain all the skills and experience you need.”