Link apprentices in SFHA challenge

Two of Link's young apprentices are taking up the Scottish Federation of Housing Association Apprentice Challenge on 3 and 4 June 2015

The Scottish Federation of Housing Association (SFHA) Apprentice Challenge will see 20 young people from housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland take on a two-day challenge during the SFHA’s annual conference. They will work in teams to devise a communications strategy which could be implemented by a social landlord to help tackle and raise awareness of problems such as social isolation, fuel poverty and mental health issues.

This is the second year of the Federation’s award-winning challenge which aims to further consolidate the skills of the Modern Apprentices and highlight the important role that apprenticeships play as a vital first step on the career ladder.

Link's  representatives in the challenge are Danny Kleinman and Jordan Tapping who are both apprentices with Link Property.

Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to learn whilst working

Danny, 19, apprentice electrician, said: “I chose to do the apprenticeship as it’s a good opportunity to learn whilst working in an area that I’m interested in. I have enjoyed working in a good environment and learning with a great group at college. In the future, I hope to pass my apprenticeship and continue with my trade and work well with my company.”

Jordan Tapping, 18, apprentice plumber, said: “I chose to do the apprenticeship as I have always wanted to be a plumber. I have enjoyed working with a good tradesman and carrying out some minor plumbing duties. In the future, I hope to complete my apprenticeship with Link and learn as much as possible about all aspects of the plumbing trade. I will hopefully pass all of my exams and become a fully qualified plumber and continue to work with Link after my apprenticeship is finished.”

Highlighting how important apprenticeships are

Mary Taylor, Chief Executive of the SFHA, said: “Our Apprentice Challenge highlights the importance of apprenticeships in the social housing sector. Apprenticeships can give young people the vital skills and experience which they need to gain permanent employment, and nurturing young talent now will benefit the sector in the future.

“We decided to hold the challenge again this year, as it is an excellent way of consolidating the apprentices’ learning, and we must engage with young people in our sector, as they are a vital part of keeping it fresh and forward thinking.”

The challenge is being supported by Skills Development Scotland (SDS). Katie Hutton, Depute Director of National Training Programmes at SDS, said:

“This event from SFHA will allow the apprentices to showcase the skills they are developing through their training and demonstrates the benefits of the programme to employers.”

We wish Danny and Jordan all the best in the challenge!