Broadacres is working with Northern Skills Group to train six local apprentices for a range of roles including digital marketing, building support services and catering.
The apprentices were chosen from over 250 potential candidates after the Northallerton based housing association was inundated with applications.
One of the successful candidates was 23 year old Alice Brown, who secured her position as Digital and Social Media Marketing Apprentice shortly after graduating.
Alice, who now manages the organisation’s social media presence and internal communications, has been able to grow professionally and learn new skills, all whilst earning a wage.
She said: “My apprenticeship has given me a foot in the door, and it’s great to be working towards a new qualification that will increase my knowledge of marketing and communications.
“My tutor at Northern Skills Group is amazing. Our classes are online but she always makes the effort to remind me that she’s only an email away if I have any questions. We have a great sense of open communication between us which is vital especially when learning from home.”
Broadacres, who have a strong history of taking on apprentices, were determined to continue their recruitment plans following the Coronavirus pandemic.
Rosanna James, Head of Organisational Development commented: “Because of the current economic uncertainty, our Leadership Team were determined to continue to provide apprenticeships that lead to sustainable careers, something that is more important than ever for local communities.
“We planned to start the recruitment process in May, before colleges broke up, but in March everything changed.
“With our offices closed, and no prospect of carrying out face to face interviews or assessment centres as we had in previous years, the entire recruitment process was moved online using tools such as Microsoft Teams.
The six apprentices began on-site working in early October, supporting in head office roles and providing services safety in customers’ homes.
Rosanna added: “Having apprentices in the business is great. They arrive with incredible enthusiasm, questioning minds and a desire to learn new skills.
“Having a diverse workforce allows Broadacres to see things differently and it’s fair to say that our apprentices often teach us as much as we teach them!”