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Futures Housing focus on women in construction to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

East Midlands-based housing association, Futures Housing Group has focused on women entering the construction sector to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week – the theme of which is “Build the Future”.
 
The not-for-profit social landlord owns and manages over 10,000 homes across the East Midlands and provides a variety of other services, such as employment and money advice and an independent living service called Beep Assist and Limehouse.
 
Emily and Beth from Futures’ repairs team, which looks after its properties by providing gas, electrical and general property maintenance, took part in the campaign. It also featured an interview with Futures' repairs academy manager Lee Pratt.

Emily's story

Last August, Emily (pictured) successfully passed her Level 3 domestic plumbing and heating NVQ diploma. She has since gone on to pass her British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) qualification and become a gas safety registered engineer. Emily is now a full-time team member at Futures, taking on her own appointments in her own van, managing her workload, and even training up new apprentices.
 
Emily is a woman helping to break the mould and make people think differently about construction. Futures can now offer appointments for customers who would prefer a female operative to attend, which is a real benefit.
 
Emily was worried at first about being a woman working in a traditionally male environment, but now feels right at home.
 
“I was worried customers might think I wasn’t good enough to do gas, heating and plumbing work, but they’ve all been really nice and I’ve had no problems," said Emily. 

"Sometimes you need to prove your worth and try a little harder initially, but everyone is lovely and has really encouraged me.”

Futures also co-owns Access Training - an apprenticeships and traineeships provider - with Nottingham Community Housing Association. To build even stronger links with Futures and Access Training and the work each company does to support apprentices, Ceri Theobald, group director of strategic partnerships and growth at Futures has recently become a board member of Access Training.

Ceri said: “At Futures, we don’t just provide homes for people, however crucial that is, we also give people the chance to find out what they want to do in life, and offer on-the-job learning opportunities to help develop skills and build careers.

"Working closely with Access Training allows us to offer more apprenticeships and therefore not only give people safe, high-quality and affordable homes, but also to find secure, meaningful and enjoyable careers.” 
 
Beth and Lee’s case studies can be read online. 
 

 

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