Eildon’s Callie Sawday, 23, is taking part in the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations’ (SFHA) Apprentice Challenge.
The challenge sees 19 young people from SFHA member housing associations and co-operatives from across Scotland taking part in the competition. They have created video diaries of their apprenticeships which will be presented at the SFHA’s annual conference on 1 and 2 June.
This is the third year of the federation’s award-winning challenge which aims to further consolidate the skills of the Modern Apprentices and highlight the role that apprenticeships play as a vital first step on the career ladder as well the importance of nurturing young workers in the housing sector.
Callie is a health and social care apprentice at Eildon Housing Association, working at a service supporting adults with learning disabilities in Berwickshire. She said:
“I decided to do my apprenticeship as I wanted to gain more knowledge and experience.”
“I have really enjoyed learning and this has helped me in my work support adults with learning disabilities.”
“In the future, I plan to continue studying to further develop my career.”
Nile Istephan, Chief Executive of Eildon Housing Association, said: “It is great that Callie is participating in this challenge. We got terrific feedback from two other Eildon Modern Apprentices who participated in the challenge last year, and hopefully Callie will find this experience as rewarding as her colleagues did.”
“Eildon are grateful to SFHA and SDS for making this opportunity available. This has contributed to Eildon recently being awarded Silver status for Investors in Young People. We plan to do more work in supporting young people taking up high quality housing and care services careers.”
The conference will also see the launch of an ambitious national plan for apprenticeships by the SFHA and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
The aim of the plan is to greatly increase the amount of Modern Apprentices in housing associations and co-operatives. More young people across Scotland’s communities will be given the opportunity to gain vital skills and experience, which will, in turn, help to future-proof the social housing sector by training the housing professionals of the future.
The plan, which the SFHA will develop with Skills Development Scotland (SDS), will promote and raise awareness of the Modern Apprenticeship programme, career opportunities and professional development.
The plan’s key outcomes will be to:
- ensure a commitment from social landlords to recruiting and retaining the sector’s future workforce;
- increase the number of social landlords that provide modern apprenticeships;
- increase the number of apprentices within the social housing sector; and
increase the range and type of apprenticeship which the social housing sector is able to offer.