SARH celebrates ‘Learning to Earning’ at its AGM
A 21-year-old bricklayer from Stoke-on-Trent who has gained full-time employment with a Stafford Housing Association after a successful apprenticeship has received an award for his efforts.
Jordan Abbotts was named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), at the housing association’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 19.
“I’m proud to win this award and I’m really grateful to SARH for all the help and support they have given me during my apprenticeship which has enabled me to learn the skills I needed to get a full-time role,” said Jordan Abbotts.
Jordan received the award, given to the young person that has excelled most in their training with SARH, from SARH’s Chairman Kevin Upton, for going the extra mile to gain a range of industry qualifications.
“Jordan is a fantastic example of someone who has grabbed the opportunity to learn. As well as his apprenticeship with SARH he has also been learning plastering and plumbing in his own time. He has become a well-liked and respected member of our trade staff and I’m delighted we were able to offer him a full-time job,” said Steve Tolley, HR manager for SARH.
The award was part of a wider celebration of the training and support that SARH provides for staff, customers, board members and local people to help them develop skills and gain work place experience at the AGM – which had the theme of ‘Learning to Earning’.
“SARH is passionate about supporting customers and staff to thrive and prosper and the ‘Learning to Earning’ theme of our AGM this year has showcased just some of the ways we working hard to achieve this in Stafford Borough,” said Karen Armitage.
Speakers highlighted a range of projects including SARH’s job club, community learning programme, apprenticeships and construction operatives programme which helps young people gain experience and employment.
SARH also presented its Aspiring to Excellence Award which is voted for by staff and recognises the employee who has gone above and beyond their duties to help customers and colleagues.
The winner was Alisa Douce, for her selfless commitment to supporting SARH’s chief executive Karen Armitage, through her role as personal assistant.
“SARH is a great organisation to work for and I’m honoured to win this award for doing a job I love,” said Alisa.