22 Jan 2018
The search is on for bright young talent to join Scotland’s largest housing, property and care organisation.
Wheatley Group is recruiting around 50 Modern Apprentices to take their first steps on the career ladder on their two-year apprenticeship programme.
The award-winning Modern Apprenticeship programme has seen more than 300 young people join the organisation since 2009. It is run by the Wheatley Foundation as part of their programmes to tackle unemployment in their communities.
The successful candidates will work across Wheatley and its partner organisations including GHA, Cube, Loretto Housing, YourPlace and West Lothian Housing Partnership, while studying for an SVQ qualification. They’ll be able to pursue careers in different areas of the business, including housing, environmental and grounds maintenance, as well as business support services like finance, legal, communications and development.
Pamela Campbell, who is now 25, joined Wheatley Group as a Modern Apprentice in 2012 and says the opportunity was life changing for her and her young son.
Pamela, from Rutherglen, said: “I started my apprenticeship when my son was only nine months old and without gaining an apprenticeship with GHA, I doubt I would be in the position I am in now.
“It has made me a better and more confident person and given my son and me a better life.
“I applied because friends and family told me about it and it was a good opportunity. I wanted to do something that meant I could train and learn as well as earn. I now work as a housing officer and I really enjoy providing better homes for people in our community and being involved in people lives.”
The Foundation, which is chaired by Scotland’s former Chief Medical Officer, Sir Harry Burns was set up to tackle poverty and disadvantage in Wheatley Group communities.
Wheatley Foundation director Lorraine McLaren said: “Wheatley is not only committed to making people’s homes better – we want to create a positive change in the lives of our customers too.
“We know young people in our communities have a lot to offer, but can face barriers in getting into work. Our Modern Apprentices are a great opportunity for them to take their first steps on the career ladder, while being supported to develop their skills in the workplace.
“It is open to anyone who is aged between 16 and 19 and you don’t need any formal qualifications to apply. You’ll be paid a real salary, and get benefits like travel expenses, 28 days holiday and a discount on driving lessons.”