Apprentices at Futures get the best possible start to their careers thanks to our massive range of roles, our commitment to growing our own talent and our own further education company. From customer service and accounting to plumbing, PCs and public relations, we've got a great track record in helping people reach their potential.
We have trained coaches and mentors throughout the business, who can meet with you regularly if you wish to discuss your own personal and professional development. Your coach or mentor may have taken a similar career path to you, or may be able to bring an entirely fresh perspective. During your confidential catch ups you might ask for help with building confidence, time management or organisational skills, or you may want support with climbing onto the next rung of the career ladder.
We have around 15 apprentices across the organisation, and it’s great for everyone to meet to share their experiences, learn what others are up to, build their network and have fun. Forums might include personal and group development activities, guest speakers and training, or more practical activities (such as the time our apprentices redecorated a community centre).
Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship you may decide to progress your career elsewhere. Whilst we’re sure we’ll be sad to see you go, the People Team are happy to provide guidance with job applications, including CV and interview support.
An apprenticeship is a real job, combined with training, allowing the apprentice to gain the skills they need to start their career. Most learning will be on-the-job, with some apprenticeships requiring a day a week off-site at one of our training providers. There are many different apprenticeships, from customer services to electrical, arboriculture to business administration. Whether a person has a clear vision of where they want to be in five years, or wants to learn more about the world of work through practical experience, there’s an apprenticeship out there.
Futures Housing Group pays for apprentices to achieve their qualification. We also offer an apprenticeship wage in excess of the statutory minimum and days off-site at the training provider are also paid as a standard working day.
Different apprenticeships take different lengths of time to complete. Typically the minimum length is 12-15 months, with some frameworks taking around three years.
Some apprenticeships, such as electrical or plumbing apprenticeships, will have their own mandatory qualifications to achieve. Degree apprenticeships, as the name suggests, offer degree qualifications awarded by a university. Other apprenticeships will have the standard End Point Assessment (EPA) to assess competence, and formal qualifications aren’t mandatory, but may be included dependent on the type of role.
Apprenticeships provide more than just academic theory: apprentices get to build their skills and practical knowledge in a real job, with guidance and support from experienced team members, meaning their CV is full of achievements ready to start a fantastic career. Given that the average debt of a university graduate is around £44,000, it’s also easy to see why being paid to complete an apprenticeship can be more attractive than a degree.
Futures co-owns Access Training, a learning provider which helps more than 1,000 people learn the skills they need for the jobs they want throughout the East Midlands.
Access provides us with quality apprenticeship and training courses. To learn more about Access visit www.atem.co.uk