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SARH committed to developing young people – the leaders of the future

A Stafford Housing Association is working with a number of young people in the area to help them develop their skills, gain crucial work experience and a recognised qualification and help them become leaders of the future.

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has a number of initiatives to help, support and develop youngsters in Stafford Borough including work experience opportunities, apprenticeships and placements for unemployed 16-24 year olds to help them improve their quality of life.

The young people attend work most of the time as training mainly takes place on the job but they also attend college or can be assessed on line and at the workplace to enable them to obtain a vocational qualification.

Apprenticeships have proved very successful for SARH who now have several full time employees as a result of their completed apprenticeships.

Meet a few apprentices who are real success stories:-

Kieran Peake
Kieran joined SARH in 2011 as an apprentice in plumbing and has now successfully completed his Level 2 NVQ in Plumbing and is also an ambassador for SARH and recently represented SARH at a prestigious awards event with Chief Executive, Karen Armitage.

Rebecca Husselbee
Rebecca joined SARH in March 2013 as an Apprentice in Business Administration. Rebecca gained her work experience in Organisational Development and is now a permanent member of staff working as a Technical Assistant within Housing Worx.

Martin Sawyer
Martin joined SARH in August 2012 as an Apprentice in Business Administration and prior to that was a Volunteer with the Princes Trust. Martin gained his work experience in Governance and is now a permanent member of staff. He has recently been promoted to Program Planner but also worked as a Technical Assistant within Housing Worx.

Stafford and Rural Homes has also worked in partnership with the Shaw Trust over the last 12-18 months to give 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.

A group of unemployed people have taken up the latest places being offered with SARH as part of the Government’s Youth Contract Programme.

The new recruits – Ashley Jones, Javesh French, Blake Jackson, Matt Jenkins, Daniel Pointon and Thomas Spink are employed on a 6 month fixed term contract as Construction Operatives where they will gain practical experience in a range of repair and maintenance services working alongside skilled trade operatives.

The scheme has proved to be very successful so far with a number of the young people securing both permanent and apprenticeship roles with us such as Mark Edwards-Foster, Jacob Nicholls , John Wilkes and more recently from the latest recruits above, Matt Jenkins. 

Jo Hough, Head of Organisational Development at Stafford and Rural Homes said, “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.

“Our partnership with the Shaw Trust is all about giving young people the chance to gain valuable skills and work experience which will see them in a much stronger position to secure a job, build a future career and improve their prospects.”

To find out more about our opportunities for young people, please visit or telephone our Freephone number – 0800 111 4554.

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