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Apprenticeships

Thanks for your interest in the WDH Apprenticeship Programme!

WDH is committed to recruiting and developing young people from the Wakefield district. Our award-winning apprenticeship programme is just one of the schemes we run that helps us do this - ensuring we have a workforce that will meet the organisation's needs both now and in the future.

As part of our apprenticeship programme you will receive up to four years of training as well as the opportunity to learn on the job at one of the UK’s largest housing associations.

Each year we recruit apprenticeships to meet business demand. You can view our 2016 recruitment process timeline to find out more about what you do with us at each stage of the application process and beyond.

Please keep an eye out for apprenticeship vacancies in the future!

Plasterer

Plasterers mix and apply plaster to walls and ceilings of buildings to provide a smooth or decorative finish. A plasterer will also produce ornamental plasterwork such as ceiling roses, as well as developing skills in external render and laying floor screed.

Joiner

Joiners work with wood on building sites or in residential properties to make, fit or install doors, windows, staircases, floorboards, cupboards, traditional roof trusses and partitions.

Roofer

Roofers work on new roofs, repair work and refurbishment. This can be done using a variety of methods, from large format concrete tiles with a covering of 10 tiles per m2 to small formats with a covering of 60 tiles per m2.

Gas Engineer

Gas Engineers specialise in the installation and repair of gas appliances including, central heating boilers and systems, cookers, fires and water heaters. The work is safety critical and you will need to learn how to implement statutory requirements such as the gas safety regulations.

Plumber

Plumbers install, service and maintain a variety of plumbing systems and equipment. This includes systems for cold and hot water as well as fitting pipe-work to baths, sinks, central heating boilers and water pumps.

Electrician

Electricians install cables and equipment including sockets and switches for electrical installations. They test and commission electrical installations to ensure they work and meet the health and safety requirements. The work is safety critical and you will need to learn how to implement statutory requirements.

Case Studies

Heating and Ventilation Engineer Matthew Raine (video)

Apprentice bricklayer Cody Haley

Apprentice Bricklayer Cody Haley

Cody Haley is an 18-year-old from Wakefield. He joined WDH in August 2014 as an apprentice bricklayer.

Before taking up his trade, Cody had previously completed a year at the Castleford campus of Wakefield College doing a bricklaying course. He found out about the vacancy on the internet and felt his previous experience would help him in the process.

As part of Cody’s apprenticeship, he is working towards becoming a fully qualified bricklayer and has had the opportunity to work on our new build and improvement schemes. He is currently completing the second year of a three and a half year apprenticeship.

Cody says: "I feel I’ve gained a lot of valuable knowledge from more experienced bricklayers at WDH who have been doing the job for years. My aim is to be a fully qualified bricklayer, and I would like to continue to do this with WDH as they are a great employer to work for."

Apprentice plumber Kieran Tighe

Apprentice plumber Kieran Tighe at work fixing a sink

Kieran Tighe is a 20-year-old from South Kirkby. He joined WDH in 2015 as an apprentice plumber.

Before starting his apprenticeship he worked at a Next warehouse and studied a level 2 qualification in plumbing at the Castleford campus of Wakefield College. Kieran heard about our apprenticeship scheme after seeing a post on Facebook.

Kieran said: "I will be a fully qualified plumber at the end of my apprenticeship but I also have the opportunity to earn an additional gas safe qualification. This will help my career opportunities at the end of my apprenticeship. I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone as it has really helped build up my confidence and brought me out of my shell."

Office apprentice Whitney Hatto

Office apprentice Whitney Hatto

Whitney Hatto is 22 years old and from Pontefract.

Before joining WDH she studied for her A-Levels at New College, Pontefract. She learnt about WDH’s apprenticeships through her brother who was an apprentice joiner. He told her that WDH also offered office-based apprenticeships.

Whitney completed her apprenticeship and is now a Debt Officer at WDH. Her apprenticeship has supported her to progress her career.

Whitney said: “I think that an apprenticeship will benefit anyone, no matter what their age, and it will also give them a lot of opportunities in different areas of the business.

IT apprentice Liam Haylett

IT Apprentice Liam Haylett

Liam Haylett is a 20-year-old from Castleford. He is currently in his final year on an IT apprenticeship with WDH.

Before beginning his apprenticeship, Liam completed a Level 3 BTEC in IT at New College, Pontefract. He had heard about WDH’s apprenticeship scheme through friends, and seen adverts in the local newspaper.

Liam said: "Thanks to my apprenticeship I have been successful in my quest to gain confidence in IT and what I do. It has also given me valuable experience of the workplace."

Office apprentice Beth Lewis

IT Apprentice Beth Lewis

Beth Lewis is a 19-year-old from Castleford.

She applied for her office-based apprenticeship while she was studying for her GCSEs at Castleford Academy after seeing the vacancy advertised in the careers section at her school.

Beth was successful in becoming an Modern Office Apprentice in which she worked in different areas of the business gaining administrative skills whilst completing her qualifications in housing and business administration.

Beth said: "My apprenticeship has opened up good opportunities for me. Completing my apprenticeship gave me the confidence to apply for further roles at WDH, and I am now working as an Involvement Officer in the Engagement Team.

It also gave me the foundation to apply for other opportunities that WDH has to offer, such as the Leadership Extended Achievement Programme programme and the Community Leadership Programme."

Apprentice electrician Curtis Jones

Apprentice Electrician Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones is an 18-year-old from South Elmsall. He joined WDH in August 2013 as an apprentice electrician.

Before taking up his trade, Curtis had previously done work experience in construction. He found out about the vacancy on the internet.

As part of Curtis’ apprenticeship, he is working towards becoming a fully qualified electrician. He is currently completing the first year of a four-year apprenticeship.

Curtis says that being an Apprentice Electrician is great because he is working for a good company and is well paid.

Apprentice electrician James Bailey

Apprentice Electrician James Bailey

James Bailey is an 18-year-old.

Having completed relevant work experience, James decided that he wanted to pursue a career as an electrician.

Having found out about apprenticeship opportunities with WDH on the internet, James applied and was successful at interview.

James says that the best thing about his apprenticeship is that he has access to good training and benefits.

He is currently three years into a four-year apprenticeship, working towards a level 3 City and Guilds electrotechnical qualification.

James said: "Since I started work at WDH I’ve learnt about wiring different electrical systems. It’s been great."

Apprentice joiner James Welsh

Apprentice Joiner James Welsh

James Welsh is a 19-year-old.

Before joining WDH, James held a variety of positions. He had a paper round, was a delivery driver and also worked on a paintball site. He applied for an apprenticeship because he enjoyed woodwork and wanted a secure job.

After successfully applying for a joinery apprenticeship, James says the best thing about it is that he’s learning new skills, such as how to fit skirting and kitchens.

James would recommend an apprenticeship with WDH because the organisation offers secure employment, the chance to work for a big firm, as well as good holidays and benefits.

James said: “Working in joinery isn’t just about fitting doors and kitchens. There’s much more to it, such as fitting stud walling.”

Apprentice roofer Declan Thompson

Apprentice Bricklayer Todd Williams

Declan Thompson is a 20-year-old from South Elmsall.

Before joining WDH in 2012, Declan did two weeks of work experience in plumbing at Wakefield Council.

Declan joined WDH as an Apprentice Roofer, and says it’s a great job because the final product looks good.

Declan said: “Through my apprenticeship I’ve learnt good people skills and how to work well as part of a team. I know how to fit slating, single lap roofs and solar panels. I’d recommend an apprenticeship with WDH because you’re well looked after and you get good training.”