Young Fifer taking part in national apprentice challenge

The apprentices are pictured with (from left to right) Mary Taylor, SFHA Chief Executive, and Housing Minister Margaret Burgess.
The apprentices are pictured with (from left to right) Mary Taylor, SFHA Chief Executive, and Housing Minister Margaret Burgess.
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A Fife apprentice is taking part in a national two-day challenge to mark the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (May 18-22).

Claire King (18), who is in her first year of an enterprise Modern Apprenticeship, is based at Ore Valley Housing Association in the Kingdom.

She is one of 20 young people from housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland participating in the Scottish Federation of Housing Association (SFHA) Apprentice Challenge. The apprentices will work in teams to devise a communications strategy which could be carried out by a social landlord to help raise awareness of common problems amongst tenants such as social isolation, fuel poverty and mental health issues.

This is the second year of the Federation’s award-winning challenge which aims to highlight the important role that apprenticeships play in the social housing sector.

Margaret Burgess, housing minister, said: “Apprenticeship Week 2015 is about showcasing the positive impact Modern Apprentices have on businesses and industry and the value they bring to employers and their own job prospects.

“The apprentices taking part in the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Apprentice Challenge are a small group of a much greater number who are being supported to create enthusiastic and skilled workers in the housing sector.”

Mary Taylor, chief executive of the SFHA, said: “We are delighted that the housing minister is launching our 2015 Apprentice Challenge as this highlights the importance of apprenticeships in the social housing sector. “Apprenticeships can give young people the vital skills and experience which they need to gain permanent employment and nurturing young talent now will benefit the sector in the future.”

Claire added: “I chose an apprenticeship as it’s an opportunity to achieve a qualification while earning a wage. At the same time, it gives you the chance to grow in confidence, gain knowledge and skills within a working environment. It’s the best way to approach the world of work.”