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Youngsters win Trafford Housing Trust's apprentice challenge
12:20pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
FIVE youngsters have taken their first step on the career ladder after passing an Apprentice-style challenge.
Trafford Housing Trust posed many questions over three weeks before choosing which candidates would be awarded their two-year apprenticeships.
“I wasn’t sure what career I wanted to go for after leaving school, but this has been a massive help,” said Ben McKenna, who is 16 and from Davyhulme.
“The tasks were more challenging than I expected and we all really enjoyed them. We’re all excited for our first days in work and we can’t wait to get started.”
To secure their places the youngsters first had to complete a series of challenges that tested their teamwork, leadership and problem-solving abilities.
The applicants were split into two teams for the tasks which included developing an information booklet about the trust, making mosaics for Wellacre School, completing a ‘room makeover’ at Broomwood Primary School and putting on an event for a sheltered scheme.
Ten youngsters aged 16 to 20 took part in this year’s apprentice programme.
The five chosen ones are all starting two-year apprenticeships with the Trust in different parts of the business.
“This is the second year that we’ve run our apprentice challenge, and once again the candidates were fantastic,” said Trafford Housing Trust chief executive Matthew Gardiner.
“They were all bright, enthusiastic and did themselves proud. It wasn’t an easy choice, but we’re delighted to have selected our five excellent winners and we all wish them luck as they start their careers with Trafford Housing Trust.”
The trust first ran the project in 2012 and it won Best Example of a Youth Employment Initiative at the Silver Screen Awards organised by the Northern Housing Consortium.
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