08 March 2018

Blog: It’s National Apprenticeships Week – let’s talk ‘apprenticeships’

In July last year, I began my journey as part of Flagship’s Bright Futures Programme as an apprentice. When I started the apprenticeship, it’s no secret that I knew very little about the housing sector. However, it’s safe to say this has changed. Since then, I’ve gained valuable experience in different teams across the business from Housing to HR and Response. This meant that I quickly gained an understanding of the organisation and taught me about the various policies that affect the way we provide our services.

The experience so far has also contributed to my studies which is a programme run through Salford University in Manchester. In September, I travelled up to Salford where I spent five days at the university finding out more about what the course would involve and what to expect over the next few years. This also gave me the opportunity to meet the course mentors and lecturers who I would be working with, who have been a useful source of support so far throughout the course. This is a distance based course which means it’s completed during employment, so I spend one day a week at home studying. So far, the modules we have covered include Study Skills, Introduction to Housing and an introduction to Human Resource Management. I like that the course is designed for practical use in the workplace, as the skills and information I learn can be used every day.

Having variety is really important to me, and this role offers that. It means it’s something that I enjoy as each day has something different to offer.

Would I recommend a Bright Futures apprenticeship? Of course! It’s a great mix of study and work-based learning.

Ellie Colk and Matt Levesley started their Housing Policy and Practice Apprenticeship last summer