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Swan Housing is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2017 which runs from the 6 to the 10 March. The week aims to raise awareness and encourage more employers to take on apprentices and to encourage individuals to choose an apprenticeship as a 'ladder of opportunity' to a great career.
Why are apprenticeships important?
It helps young individuals start their career in a great way because apprenticeships allow you to start working and earn a decent wage while you learn key skills and gain the qualifications that future employers want.
Over the years Swan Housing has had a number of apprentices who have successfully completed their apprenticeships in areas such as, Business administration, Customer Service and IT. Some of these apprentices are now in permanent positions within the Swan Housing Group and this week we want to celebrate the positive impact these apprentices have had on the business and in their own professional development. Hopefully it will provide everyone with an insight into how valuable apprentices can be to our organisation.
Here's what our apprentices have to say:
My time at Swan has been very enjoyable; the team that I work with were very welcoming and made me settle in very quickly. In the short time that I have been here I have been taught a lot by the whole team and I feel like I am able to comfortably do the work. Individual people that have made this new start for me much easier such as Sam my line manager and Anthony the colleague that I sit next to, these two have helped me with all the work that I have been assigned and have been there to support me if I need help. The business itself I think is amazing and I am very lucky and fortunate to work for a company such as Swan. In all, my start at Swan has definitely been positive and I do not have any negative things to say about it, I have enjoyed it since my first day.
- Jeetan Pathmanathan, BIU Helpdesk Apprentice.
Everyone at Swan has been so welcoming and always happy to help. I have learnt so much in my short time here. Every day I learn something new, adding to my knowledge and experience. My time so far at Swan has been great and I hope that continues.
-Myrnese Williams, Apprentice Administration Assistant.
I became an apprentice in June 2015, I started off assisting the property managers with daily tasks, this involved raising jobs and carrying out job lists and updates for residents. During the year I learned a lot from solicitor enquiries to ordering from external companies. When I passed my apprenticeship in June 2016 I was leaning towards the accounts side of the business. So for my full time position I become the Assistant Accountant where I work alongside the Property Accountant. My daily jobs involve taking payments from residents, posting the monies that come into our banks, producing demands and sending them. I also carry out our arrears process within Hera for our block and Private Rented Sector. This involves using an external debt collection agency. I process all invoices received, raising the order and putting the invoice on for authorisation and then carrying out the payment. I have other jobs such as ordering stationery for the business and organising meetings within the office.'
-Kara Daniels, Accounts Assistant.