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Milestone for GHA as 100 young people join apprentice scheme

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Scotland’s biggest social landlord today marked a milestone in its drive to create life-changing career opportunities for young people – by hiring its 100th Modern Apprentice.

Glasgow Housing Association has recruited 31 new trainees this year to join its award-winning apprenticeship programme.

The school leavers and young adults will follow in the footsteps of three earlier intakes of apprentices recruited in 2009, 2010 and 2011 – taking the figure up to 100.

Most of the young people have joined GHA as Modern Apprentices working in housing, while some are training in gardening and neighbourhood maintenance.

The apprenticeship scheme is creating career opportunities for young people from some of the poorest parts of the country – with 60 of the 100 recruits living in the bottom 15 per cent of the most deprived neighbourhoods in Scotland.

It’s all part of GHA’s increased focus to help tenants and factored homeowners – as well as their families – reach their full potential in life.

The apprenticeship programme is part of Glasgow City Council’s Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative and is supported by the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland.

The programme has helped transform the lives of the youngsters – with 90 per cent of the apprentices in 2009 going on to full-time jobs or moving into further education.

The 2011 recruits are in the second year of their course – and are well placed to secure posts with the GHA group as they come up.

GHA Chief Executive Martin Armstrong said: “We’ve already spent more than £1.1billion making our homes warmer, drier and better in every way. But we want to do much more than provide better homes – we want to create better lives for our tenants and our factored homeowners.

“One way we can achieve this is by working with our partners to create jobs and training places through initiatives such as our apprenticeship programme.

“To reach this landmark is a fantastic achievement for GHA and I wish every one of the apprentices long and successful careers.”

The latest intake of apprentices is made up of:
• 25 aged 16 to 19 and
• Six aged over 19

Just over 70 per cent of the latest intake live in one of GHA’s communities or are from one of our factored homes.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative is part of the £25m Glasgow Guarantee – a Games Legacy project which is aimed at ensuring every Glaswegian between the age of 16 and 24 has access to a job or training.
“It’s the backing of partners like GHA which has helped make this unique scheme such a huge success.

”Legacy is at the heart of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games and I am determined that they will deliver for our people and provide tangible benefits for our city. The Games are already providing momentum for people to become more active, take up new jobs and training and help keep business moving through tough economic times.”

For more information on the Games Legacy go to

This year GHA offered two different modern apprenticeships – each providing on-the-job experience and a qualification.

Youngsters who wanted to work outdoors could apply for a two-year course which sees them join GHA’s Neighbourhood Environmental Teams helping keep communities clean and tidy. The course will lead to an SVQ Level 2 in Facilities Management.

The second course sees apprentices based in one of GHA’s local offices, area teams or head office for two years. This will lead to an SVQ Level 2 and 3 in Business Administration.

Eight horticultural apprentices, who started in 2010, have now joined GHA’s environmental teams having spent the first two years of their three-year course training at Glasgow City Council’s Land and Environmental Services.

In 2010, GHA’s scheme won the Large Employer category in the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Modern Apprenticeship Awards. The scheme also received a commendation from SDS in 2011 for Business Newcomer.

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