The Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) Learning Academy was launched in 2014 to provide local people with structured routes to full time employment including work experience, Pre-Apprenticeships and Apprenticeships, graduate placements and volunteering opportunities.



Run in partnership with the Shaw Trust the programme has proved a huge success, giving unemployed young people between the ages of 16-24 the opportunity to gain vital work experience and skills to give them a greater chance of finding work in the future. Several are now working for SARH or Housing Worx, and many others have found jobs with other local businesses. The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for young people who might otherwise not be given a chance to learn new skills whilst gaining practical work experience.


Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills in the workplace. There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship: • receiving training • learning job-specific skills • gaining qualifications • earning a salary • getting paid holidays “Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee of Stafford and Rural Homes, young people can earn as they learn and gain crucial life skills.” Jo Hough, Director of Organisational Development “Since working here my confidence has grown as a person, I really enjoy the team spirit throughout the company, the CARES values are used every day and this most certainly shows. I have learnt a lot from the people around me and it’s something I can take with me not just use within this company.”

Work experience and graduate opportunities

SARH support people from a range of studies, including Finance, Marketing and IT. We advertise for these placements throughout the year as they arise, please see our current vacancies for any live opportunities. By working in conjunction with local universities we are committed to improving local graduate opportunities.


Real-life on the job experience enables people the skills needed to secure future employment. As part of enabling people to live, work and grow in the local community, SARH supports work experience and volunteering opportunities. See our current vacancies for volunteering opportunities.

This is the story of our pre-apprenticeships. They include opportunities for trade workers to acquire formal training with 'on the job' learning.

Video: Pre-apprenticeships in partnership with Shaw Trust

“My role is fast paced and full of challenges and I’m putting my Mathematics degree to good use. My colleagues are incredibly supportive and helpful and I know I’ll take invaluable skills with me at the end of my year with SARH.”

Kate Broad, Finance Graduate Placement

“Having taken part in courses offered by the SARH Community Learning Programme in a range of subjects including DIY, First Aid and Food Safety, my confidence is high and I now help others as a volunteer.

David James, Stafford and Rural Homes customer

This is the story of our formal apprenticeships. They include opportunities for trades and office-based workers to acquire formal training with 'on the job' learning.

Video: Apprenticeships with Stafford and Rural Homes

Chat Live now!

Live Support

Have you tried our Frequently Asked Questions? See