08 July 2020

Flagship forms partnership with college to help meet future housing demand

As the largest provider of homes in the East of England and a leading employer in the region, Flagship Group is passionate about providing opportunities to help develop the workforce of the future.

In partnership with West Suffolk College, Flagship is launching its new ‘RFT Trade and Skills programme’, which will help meet future housing need and support the Group to achieve its goal of solving the housing crisis in the East of England.

Tomas Lloyd, Apprenticeship Delivery Manager at Flagship Group said:This programme will allow individuals to get formal trade-based qualifications, work experience and mentor guidance, as well as the opportunity to embark on a rewarding career in construction and social housing. Upon successful completion, students will be guaranteed an interview by RFT with the view of progressing into paid employment via an apprenticeship.

The programme will offer the opportunity to join RFT, Flagship’s repairs and maintenance specialists, with an apprenticeship in Plumbing, Electrical or Carpentry. One of Flagship’s core values is to deliver outstanding customer service and by offering training and providing the right tools, the Group can continue to maintain homes that customers’ want and need.


Phil Stittle, Executive Director for Business Development at West Suffolk College said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Flagship Group to offer students real life industry exposure and support throughout their first year at West Suffolk College.  Applicants applying for the course will have a fantastic opportunity to progress and obtain a career at one of the leading employers in the East of England.  This type of combined employer-education model is something we are proud to be a part of and something that we feel will have real impact for both young people and employers for years to come.”

West Suffolk College are now looking to recruit students to start the new course from September. For more information please contact Mark Ames, Head of Construction at the West Suffolk College at mark.ames@wsc.ac.uk