Kerrie and Chloe take on the Apprentice challenge!

Two Link apprentices are set to take part in a national competition for housing apprentices.

Chloe French, 17 and Kerrie Ligget, 19, are taking part in the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations’ (SFHA) Apprentice Challenge. The challenge sees 19 young people from SFHA member housing associations and co-operatives from across Scotland taking part in the competition. They have created video diaries of their apprenticeships which will be presented at the SFHA’s annual conference on 1 and 2 June.

This is the third year of the federation’s award-winning challenge which aims to further consolidate the skills of the Modern Apprentices and highlight the role that apprenticeships play as a vital first step on the career ladder as well the importance of nurturing young workers in the housing sector.

Kerrie and Chloe are both administration apprentices at Link Group’s office in Falkirk.

Kerrie said, “I chose to do the apprenticeship because I wanted to gain more experience in an office environment.”

“I have enjoyed learning new things and gaining experience in a hardworking helpful team.”

“I plan, and hope, to gain a full-time position within Link. Moving up the organisation has always been my plan, but I will wait and see what the future brings.”

Chloe French said, “I decided to do the apprenticeship as I am comfortable doing business admin type duties.”

“I have enjoyed learning new skills, attending training courses and dealing with customers on a day to day basis by phone.”

“My plans are to join the Help to Adapt team in July, where I will continue in a year’s post. Help to adapt is a new government scheme in association with Link.

“My hopes are to stay on with Help to Adapt, once my year with them has finished.”


Kerrie (back row, third from the left) and Chloe (back row, fourth from the left) with the other apprentices at the SFHA apprentice challenge.

Craig Sanderson, Chief Executive of Link Group, said, “I wish both Kerri and Chloe good luck in the challenge. At Link, we are proud to provide a range of apprenticeship opportunities as we believe they give young people the vital skills and experience which they need to gain permanent employment.”

The conference will also see the launch of an ambitious national plan for apprenticeships by the SFHA and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

The aim of the plan is to greatly increase the amount of Modern Apprentices in housing associations and co-operatives. More young people across Scotland’s communities will be given the opportunity to gain vital skills and experience, which will, in turn, help to future-proof the social housing sector by training the housing professionals of the future.

The plan, which the SFHA will develop with Skills Development Scotland (SDS), will promote and raise awareness of the Modern Apprenticeship programme, career opportunities and professional development.

The plan’s key outcomes will be to:

  • ensure a commitment from social landlords to recruiting and retaining the sector’s future workforce;
  • increase the number of social landlords that provide modern apprenticeships;
  •  increase the number of apprentices within the social housing sector; and
  •  increase the range and type of apprenticeship which the social housing sector is able to
  • offer.