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"A good rounded understanding"


In the first of our National Apprenticeship Week blogs, Lauren Mason from Clarion Housing Group gives her thoughts on how her apprenticeship is expanding her learning and career horizons.

How is taking part in the apprenticeship programme helping me? Overall I’m developing both personally and professionally within housing. On a personal level, taking part in the apprenticeship programme is allowing me to expand my learning, re-learn some old long forgotten skills and work on developing my skills in education. On a professional level it is helping me have a greater understanding of the housing profession, a good rounded understanding of what external factors effect housing, and where my knowledge may be lacking.

Never having undertaken an apprenticeship before, I did not really know what to expect. The content of the course is comprehensive and certainly covers a large volume of relevant topics which effect housing staff on a daily basis, including financial resilience. It is a lot of work; I think initially I viewed the programme as similar to an NVQ, however the course is a lot more in-depth and requires learners to showcase a variety of skills.

So far the things I’ve enjoyed the most have been the choice of topics available to study, the satisfaction of working through and passing modules and the opportunity of working closer with colleagues from across the organisation, who I many never have met otherwise.

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