11 November 2016
A picture of Apprentice scheme boosts youth employment in Rochford

An award-winning apprenticeship scheme is helping to boost employment prospects of local young people in Rochford.

Sanctuary Group’s apprenticeship programme is giving apprentices the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job training working in the Group’s operations whilst also studying for practical qualifications.

Latest local recruits Albie Ellis, 18, from Rochford, and Thomas Horner, 17, from Southend, have been employed by Sanctuary as maintenance apprentices in the area while also studying towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Maintenance Operations.

The teenagers’ tasks include supporting the local maintenance team with fitting kitchens and bathrooms and carrying out repairs on Rochford Housing’s properties across the district.

Emma Keegan, Rochford Housing’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Albie and Thomas and give them the chance develop their skills as part of our commitment to help provide valuable training and employment opportunities to young people in Rochford.

Sanctuary’s national apprenticeship programme has been running for nine years, during which time more than 1,300 young people have been supported into work. Placements include housing, IT, maintenance, finance, horticulture, business and administration, and health and social care.


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