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The latest group of Cross Keys Homes’ pre-apprentices are celebrating the successful completion of their six months paid work experience and training placements.

Pre-Apprentices achieve success

The latest group of Cross Keys Homes’ pre-apprentices are celebrating the successful completion of their six months paid work experience and training placements.

18 pre-apprentices are now in sight of their personal goals following their work-training scheme, thanks to Cross Keys Homes’ pre-apprenticeship programme.
The programme, which is part funded by the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Prize Challenge initiative, enables young people to gain valuable, paid, work experience, along with training and support to help them become work ready.

The training programme has expanded over the years from Cross Keys Homes to other local organisations in the city who are members of the Tackling Worklessness in Peterborough (TWIP) group taking part such as Peterborough City Council, Peterborough Workspace, City College Peterborough and Peterborough Regional College. This has helped to provide even more valuable work placements and training opportunities for young people in the city.

Daniel Rockall, a pre-apprentice at Peterborough City Council said: “I was placed at Peterborough City Council, Bayard Place within the Youth in Localities team and I was made to feel very welcome by all members of the team. I was given many opportunities to develop my skills and the pre-apprenticeship offered a perfect environment and support when searching for employment.

“I will be completing my pre-apprenticeship this week and have secured a job working at Gala Bingo. I am also looking at doing voluntary work with the ambition to become a Youth Worker in the future. The pre-apprentice programme has helped me to get my life back on track and to keep sight of what I really want from it. I highly recommend this programme to anyone.”

These inspirational young people have been awarded a certificate for their excellent progression and development throughout their time on the Cross Keys Homes’ pre-apprentice programme and the housing association will continue to support them in the future. 

Cross Keys Homes’ Recoveries Performance Manager, Stephen Selves, whose team has taken on many pre-apprentices since the start of the programme in 2012, said: “It’s great to see how our pre-apprentices progress and how far they develop from the day they join us until the day they leave.

“When a young person joins us we invest time into their training and give them responsibilities so that they’re able to develop and learn. They really do become a highly valued and integral part of the team, it will be sad to see them go. They make us feel young again which is another bonus!”

Cross Keys Homes’ Director of Organisational Effectiveness and HR, Allison Long, added: “Since the scheme started in 2012, more than 80 young people have benefited from the programme, and over 80% of them have already progressed onto further education, training or employment which are statistics we are really proud of. We continue to work with the rest and provide them with all the support they need to continue to develop.”

 Cross Keys Homes’ Chief Executive and LEP Board Member, Claire Higgins said: “As a social enterprise we aim to make a real difference to people’s lives, and we think this project does just that. The young people involved benefit from the opportunity to gain skills and experience in a real work environment, which along with the support they get from us helps them to move on into further employment or training. 

“Cross Keys Homes is committed to tackling unemployment at grass root level and we have worked very hard to help people receive the training and support they need for their future prosperity and wellbeing. We see our pre-apprenticeship scheme as a fantastic investment in the future because it gives young people that vital first step on the ladder towards employment, it’s a great win win for everyone”