Developing the next generation
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Teign Housing has employed two local apprentices to train and develop within the housing sector. Gina Hunt and Amy Standley joined Teign Housing in September and have quickly become valuable members of the business. Gina is working towards an NVQ in Customer Service level 2, which will take one year to complete and Amy is working towards a NVQ diploma in construction, contracting, operations and management level 3, which will take two years to complete.

Stephen Purser, Teign Housing’s chair of the board said: “We wanted to look at ways to create more opportunities for local young people. Apprenticeships are a good way for young people to start a new career and access suitable training. Teign Housing has a strong culture of staff training and development and because of the nature of the housing sector, we can offer a variety of different roles suited to different skill sets. By taking on apprentices we can also develop good potential recruits for when permanent job vacancies arise in the future.”

Amy Standley said: “I chose the apprenticeship route, rather than a full time job or full time college education, as the idea of learning and working appealed to me. I believe I can personally learn more and realise my full potential through this route.”

Gina Hunt said: “I wasn’t too sure how my A Levels were going to go and I didn’t want to carry on for a second year because I just didn’t enjoy it. I thought because I only had GCSE’s I wouldn’t be considered for any jobs. I like the idea of learning and working because it didn’t feel like such a big leap from school to the work place - more like a mix between the two.”