As regular readers will know, Housing Technology is a big fan of housing providers’ apprenticeship schemes, so we’re delighted to report that Magenta Living has taken on nine new apprentices, from a field of over 400 applicants.
All of Magenta’s apprentices started in time to join the government’s ‘get in. go far’ apprenticeship campaign, which involves taking ‘selfies’ and sharing their experiences via social media.
Jade Taylor and Matthew McCarthy will be working in the IT department at Magenta’s head office, Daniel Atkinson starts his career in an administrative role in the housing provider’s asset management team, and Cameron Pegler joins the accountancy team.
Building services apprentices include Jack Werner, David Ogilvie, Sam Munro, John Buttery and Alex Owens who will all be learning the ropes in trades including painting and decorating, plumbing, electrical, plastering and joinery.
Jade Taylor said, “University wasn’t the right choice for me and I felt an apprenticeship would benefit me much more and suit my style of learning, so I’m very excited about this opportunity.”
Chris Boynton, apprentice and technical trainer, Magenta Living, said, “It is so rewarding to be a part of watching the apprentices we recruit turn into highly-skilled workers. All nine of our new starters made an excellent impression at the interview stage, and they delivered great results in their skills tests. The future is now in their hands, but my job is to make sure they grasp the tricks of their chosen trade, and give them a good grounding about working life.”
Brian Simpson, chief executive, Magenta Living, said, “It’s great to see our commitment to providing work opportunities for young people come into fruition. With such a large number of applicants to contend with, the demand for apprenticeships is clearly at an all-time high, which is something we will be considering for future recruitment drives.”