National Apprenticeship Week 2022

National Apprenticeship Week (February 7 to 13) celebrates the diversity of opportunity and value that apprenticeships bring, and recognises how they help individuals enjoy successful futures, as well as supporting employers to build talented workforces.

Since 2013, 100 individuals have joined Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) via an apprenticeships/traineeships scheme, helping to create a brighter future for our neighbourhoods and provide opportunities for young people in M22 and M23 postcodes.

WCHG is a real living wage employer and the benefits of this are explained in this short video. WCHG currently has seven apprentices working at WCHG and many of our apprenticeship colleagues move into permanent employment with the Group.

Joe, 18, joined WCHG as an apprentice electrician in September 2021. He said: “Coming in as an apprentice and working with the other electricians has confirmed to me that I made the right choice going forward for the role. I’m very grateful to be getting this opportunity with WCHG to learn on the job whilst doing my qualifications as I know how much competition there is to get a position as an apprentice.”

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, a virtual #AskAnEmployer day will be taking place on Tuesday, February 8. If you have any questions for the WCHG Employment Team about apprenticeships with the Group, then make sure you are following us on our social media channels. You can also find out more via the Group’s website.

Recruitment for WCHG apprenticeship positions usually takes place during the summer months and are advertised on the WCHG website, as well as via local schools and colleges, so keep a look out if this is something you or a relative or friend are interested in.

Paul Butterworth, Executive Director of Assets for WCHG, said: “We are proud to support and promote National Apprenticeship Week 22. An apprenticeship provides a trade qualification alongside work experience in a real environment and helps people learn vital skills to have a successful career. As a large social housing provider in Wythenshawe, our team work closely with local schools to provide these opportunities for people in the area. It’s fantastic to see apprentices coming into our business via this route and watching them progress. We are committed to this and will continue to develop our apprentice offer for the future.”

Abbey Watson, Employment Manager at WCHG, said: “It gives me great satisfaction to work with the apprentices coming into our business and to watch them progress in their careers. Nothing makes me more proud to know that because of this opportunity, they have been able to get their first car or secure their first mortgage. Look out for more information on our apprentice recruitment later this year.”

To find out more about #NAW22 visit;

  • Website: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
  • Twitter @Apprenticeships / @FireItUp_Apps
  • LinkedIn: National Apprenticeship Service
  • Facebook: FireItUpApps
  • Instagram: @FireItUpApp