You might have seen us in the paper recently – Derby Homes, who manage, maintain and improve the Council’s council houses and estates, were finalists at the Derby Business Awards, where they were nominated for Apprentice Employer of the Year!

The aim of the award is to recognise businesses who are providing valuable opportunities for young jobseekers in the area. Over recent years, as the job market has become tougher, more and more companies are recognising the need to provide training opportunities for the next generation of employees.

The Apprentice Employer of the Year Award celebrates the employers who are supporting young people and providing them with the valuable skills, qualifications and training needed to kick-start their careers.

Derby Homes have offered apprenticeship opportunities in the areas of customer service and business administration for many years, but in 2013 expanded to provide apprenticeships in the repairs and maintenance teams. The current apprenticeship scheme is broad-ranging across all service areas and now employs apprentices in a variety of occupational routes; such as plumbing, joinery, electrical, business administration, housing, procurement and surveying.

In 2017, Derby Homes recruited their first Higher Apprentice, who is studying Level 4 Public Sector Commercial Professional in our Procurement Team.

Apprentices all spend time at college. Depending on their vocation, it can be as regularly as one day a week. In order to provide apprentices with the relevant education, the teams have established excellent working partnerships with a number of local training providers such as Derby Adult Learning Service, Derby College, Centre for Housing and Support, Babington Business College and Nottingham College.

Since 2013, Derby Homes has successfully trained a total of 33 apprentices, of those, 25 are now employed by Derby Homes. The roles they have gained range from joiner, electrician, plumber, plasterer, customer service advisor, income assistant, housing assistant, accounts assistant and technical officer.

In the last financial year, 100% of apprentices completed their training, and either moved on to employment with Derby Homes or Derby City Council, another employer or have gone into further education.

If you would like to apply to become a Derby Homes apprentice, check out their vacancies online.