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Apprentices receive their prizes at the SFHA Conference at the Glasgow Hilton. Waverley’s Rachel Hunter is 2nd from left. Photograph by Bill Fleming

Waverley Apprentice Meets the Challenge!

Waverley was delighted to see some of its young talent being recognised at the recent 2016 Scottish Federation of Housing Association’s (SFHA) Apprentice Challenge.

The event, supported by Skills Development Scotland, challenged 19 young people from across Scotland to produce video diaries of their apprenticeships showcasing themselves, their organisation and the work that they do, which were presented at the SFHA Annual Conference in June.

Rachel Hunter (age 19) in her 2nd year of a Business & Administration Apprentice with Waverley was runner up. Initially recruited as a Customer Services Assistant, Rachel took an opportunity for career development, being successfully appointed as a temporary Housing Assistant in October 2015 which she is thoroughly enjoying, learning something different every day.

Margaret Ross, Chief Executive of Waverley Housing commented We’re very proud of Rachel and the superb progress she has made. Waverley has supported the apprenticeship programme for a number of years and recognises the importance of creating opportunities for young people within the Scottish Borders and helping them to develop skills and expertise that will sustain them in their careers. This combined with us being crowned ‘Scottish Modern Apprentice Employer of the Year’ (employers with less than 250 employees) in November 2015, and our recent visit by Paul Wheelhouse MSP in March to launch ‘Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016’ demonstrates our commitment to the apprenticeship programme.”

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