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Hear From Our Apprentices

Ever wondered what an apprenticeship involves? What advantages can it give you and where might it lead?

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we’re bringing you quick Q&As with some of our apprentices to tell you all about the highlights, surprises, and their plans for the future.

We have two different kinds of apprenticeships at Morgan Sindall Property Services:

Upskilling (internal) – employees who have either applied or been selected for opportunities to progress and develop in their career. There are loads of fantastic courses available, from NVQs in trades roles right the way through to MBAs.
Direct (external) – have been recruited through our Level 1 Traineeship programmes run by our Social Value team within our communities or through job adverts. These will be running from April through to August, so look out on our website, LinkedIn and Twitter pages for more information or contact our CSR team at csrbox@morgansindall.com.

(Pictured: Levi – top left, Lois – top right, Tia – bottom left, Alec – bottom right)

Levi Dionysus, Property Maintenance Operative, St Albans
Levi was working as a window cleaner when he saw the St Albans Prospects Scheme being advertised at a jobs fair. He made the decision to embark on the Property Maintenance Operative Level 2 apprenticeship, which involves a variety of multi-trade works including plumbing, carpentry, plastering and painting.

What have you found most interesting during your time here?
Working in different environments and working with different resident’s needs.

What have you enjoyed the most?
Helping elderly residents.

What are your key takeaways or learnings from the experience?
I have learned a lot of new skills, not only with regards to plumbing and carpentry, but also with asbestos, domestic abuse (as part of the company’s work towards DAHA Accreditation) and have an additional qualification in SWIPS (Safe Working In Property Services).

What are your plans for the future after the apprenticeship ends?
I would like to progress to Engineer, with a dedicated NVQ Level 2 in a core trade.

Tia Pearson, Business Administration Apprentice, Hunslet
Tia was in full time education at secondary school before starting her apprenticeship, so had no experience in the business admin area. However, her day-to-day now involves hands-on working experience calling tenants to book jobs in and managing the schedules for our engineers.

Why did you decide to undertake the apprenticeship?
I wanted to put myself forward for something different that I’d never really done before.

What have you found most interesting during your time here?
How different situations can appear, and the different ways to deal with them.

What have you enjoyed the most?
I have enjoyed having the independence to do my own routine daily.

What are your plans for the future after the apprenticeship ends?
Right now, I am unsure of what my plans are for the future but I would like to carry on working for Morgan Sindall within a different hub.

Lois Murgatroyd, Business Administration Apprentice, Hunslet
Lois was doing her A-Levels when she heard about our apprenticeship opportunities through a family friend. Her work day-to-day includes scheduling appointments, dealing with property services emergencies and uploading documents to the various systems we use.

What have you found most interesting during your time here?
How many different teams and sectors there are within the business, and how they all have different processes, for example voids and R&M.

What have you enjoyed the most?
I have enjoyed exploring each process within the business and being able to use my initiative to make my own decisions regarding how my day plans out.

What are your key takeaways or learnings from the experience?
That no day is the same.

What are your plans for the future after the apprenticeship ends?
I plan to stay within Morgan Sindall and to possibly train in HR, as their processes and procedures interest me and I feel as though I could go down that route with the support given at Morgan Sindall.

Alec Hubbard, Electrical Apprentice, Yorkshire
Alec is based in Leeds but works all over Yorkshire doing repair and maintenance work in tenanted and void properties as well as attending college one day a week. Before starting his apprenticeship, he was doing some demolition work and working in McDonalds, all on top of studying full time at college.

Why did you decide to undertake the apprenticeship?
I was attracted to the role as my main goal is to become a fully qualified electrician and follow in my dad’s footsteps.

What have you found most interesting during your time here?
One thing I have found interesting during my time working at MSPS is the variation of work as well as being able to see the beautiful county.

What surprised you the most?
The variety of work – one day I could be doing a test in a void property and the next I could be starting a full rewire.

What are your plans for the future after the apprenticeship ends?
When my apprenticeship comes to an end, I hope to stay on with MSPS and continue to improve and enhance my skills by completing the testing and inspection qualification, along with other qualifications like CCTV installations.

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