Pictured: New apprentice Martin (far right) with his colleagues
2018 is set to be the year of the apprentice for CityWest Homes as it embarks on its largest ever recruitment drive to fill apprenticeship opportunities in Westminster.
Thanks to its new partnerships with long term major works and repairs contractors, the organisation now has a selection of new apprenticeship opportunities available for Westminster residents.
Over 400 employment opportunities will be available through the housing provider, from now until 2027, offering Westminster residents the opportunity to learn new trades and skills from plumbing and carpentry through to admin and business management.
City of Westminster College student Martin is the first person to benefit from these new opportunities having started work with CityWest Homes’ communal heating and plumbing contractor GEM at the end of 2017.
“I feel very lucky to have been selected from a number of City of Westminster College students and offered a role of an apprentice plumber at GEM. I chose an apprenticeship path as it allows me to study theory alongside my college work and gain actual trade experience whilst earning money at the same time.”
In addition to opportunities with its partnered contracts, the Westminster housing provider has also recently recruited a number of new apprentices in-house, in departments such as finance and surveying.
Alongside its apprenticeship opportunities CityWest Homes runs a free employment service for all Westminster residents to offer support and advice to help them into work. The service offers CV and interview advice as well as help with job searches and helping people learn new skills. Last year alone the service helped over 130 people.
Chief Executive of CityWest Homes Jonathan Cowie said:
“In order to create great places where people are proud to live, it is essential that we invest in not only Westminster’s properties, but in its residents as well. Making sure people have opportunities for employment is one of the crucial ways we support our residents. I’m proud to say that we not only help our residents find work in other organisations, but that we offer them opportunities at CityWest Homes and I’m looking forward to see how our new recruits develop and benefit our organisation and the communities we work in.”
In addition to apprenticeship opportunities, full-time and part-time qualified vacancies as well as skills workshops with CityWest Homes’ new contractors will be available as part of the new long-term contracts.
For more information on current vacancies or to find out more about CityWest Homes visit our employment page.