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First apprentice starts work

The first person to be accepted onto a new apprenticeship training programme in Staffordshire started work this week.

Haydn Beddow, 23, has been selected to join the electrical installation team in Property Care, the award-winning repairs and maintenance service for South Staffordshire Housing Association.

Haydn is the first member of a newly launched apprenticeship programme offering a route into skilled trades with the association. Recruitment is already underway for other apprentices and the association is exploring the possibility of establishing a dedicated Property Care Academy offering apprenticeship training leading to employment within high demand trades.

“My dad is an electrician and I’d always been interested in that as a career,” explained Haydn. “I studied electrical installation when I left school but I couldn’t find an apprenticeship at the time and went on to work in wholesale distribution. When I heard about this opportunity I was really keen to apply because it combines further qualifications with really good training and exciting career opportunities.”

Haydn will spend one day each week studying at Stafford College and the remainder of his time working alongside qualified electricians in Property Care.

“We set out to find apprenticeship candidates with the potential to develop in their careers,” said Andrew Kenny, senior operations manager at Property Care. “Haydn’s CV was outstanding and we are delighted to welcome him to the business.

“We believe apprenticeships offer an excellent route into skilled roles and are supporting them across our trades. We have received very high levels of interest in apprenticeships from young people in this area who recognise the value of employment-based training and who want to earn while they learn.”