Banbury MP Victoria Prentis was straight to business as she met with three Sanctuary Housing apprentices to learn more about their experiences.
Mrs Prentis met with the three business administration apprentices at Sanctuary’s Hindle House offices in the town, as part of a series of events marking National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).
Katy McCabe, Nabeelah Ali and Hadiqa Razzaq all shared their experiences of their apprenticeships with the MP, as well as the benefits they found in undertaking them.
The visit was among a number of events that took place at Sanctuary venues in the area to celebrate NAW, with others including opportunities for apprentices to shadow housing officers, a visit to the Sunshine Centre project and a talk on wellbeing with Sanctuary’s HR team.
Victoria Prentis MP said: “It was wonderful to call in and catch up with Sanctuary’s apprentices.
“It is great to see the amazing opportunities at Sanctuary Housing for apprentices. Hadiqa, Katy and Nabeelah demonstrated drive, professionalism and talent - the perfect example of how beneficial apprenticeships can be. I wish all the apprenticeships at Sanctuary the best for the future!”
Apprentice Nabeelah Ali commented: “I’ve always wanted to do an apprenticeship to gain some skills and experience so, with some encouragement from my mum, I started one with Sanctuary last year and haven’t looked back.
“I found it really rewarding to be able to share my story so far with Victoria and show her how I’ve become more confident and a better communicator as a result.”
National Apprenticeship Week 2020 takes place from Monday 3 to Sunday 9 February and this year is encouraging parents, teachers, employers and young people to ‘Look Beyond’ and celebrate the diversity and value apprenticeships bring to employers, apprentices and communities across England.
Since establishing its apprenticeship programme in 2008, Sanctuary has supported almost 2,000 people into work, both directly and through development partners.
Over the last three years, nearly 90 per cent of people completing an apprenticeship at Sanctuary have remained with the organisation, either securing a permanent role or progressing to a higher level.