Local partnership to futureproof skilled trades
Midland Heart will be partnering with City of Wolverhampton College to provide our existing workforce with the opportunity to learn additional skills to achieve the new Property Maintenance Operative Standard.
Funded through the apprenticeship levy, Midland Heart are supporting 21 of our experienced property management team, by sending them back to college to become fully-trained, multi-skilled tradespeople.
Taking one year to complete, attendees will undertake modules in carpentry, plumbing, electrics, painting and decorating, tiling and plastering.
As one of the first housing organisations to invest in developing its skilled workforce through the new apprenticeship standard, it follows three years of restructuring our property care team and sourcing the right course to deliver the right results.
“We are continually investing in our talent not only to enable us to provide a first-class service to our customers, but also because as one of the leading employers in the area we want to give talented people the opportunity to join a great place to work where they can develop and grow their careers with us,” says Craig Knapper, Resourcing Business Partner at Midland Heart.
To ensure each member of the property care team returning to college in September has the right support, each has been assigned a mentor and unlike other courses, Midland Heart has worked closely with the college to ensure each employee has a tailored learning programme.
“Working with City of Wolverhampton College we have been able to provide a structured path to achieve a vocational qualification, and build on the teams existing strengths and trade knowledge to enable a truly mulit-skilled workforce ,” says Greg Lakin Director of Property Care, at Midland Heart.
This investment in talent follows our decision to expand the Property Care Team earlier this year to increase their property management portfolio by an additional 17,000 properties across Birmingham, Walsall and Stoke-on-Trent.
“In this instance, one route does not fit all so we have worked closely with the college to provide individual learning paths,” says Craig.
“For example, if you are already a fully-trained electrician instead of spending six weeks learning skills you already have, you can double up your time in other areas such as plastering or plumbing. The course also includes Maths and English at a functional level, which will help those aspiring to further their careers once the course has completed.”
Although City of Wolverhampton College have delivered courses to achieve the Property Maintenance Operative Standard before, it is the first time it has worked with such a large cohort with specific requirements for each student.
“Education should be about providing the right path to gain the desired outcome and City of Wolverhampton College is delighted to be working with Midland Heart to deliver a course that suits both new apprentices and its skilled workforce,” says Joel Dalhouse, curriculum manager at City of Wolverhampton College.
“Students have already been provided with coursework to complete over the summer break in preparation for September. Both Midland Heart and the college are committed to ensuring everyone, no matter what their skill-set, receives the best experience to achieve the new standard.”
Midland Heart is amongst two per cent of employers who are contributing to the Apprenticeship Levy, which came into force in April 2017.
The Levy will see employers from all sectors contributing 0.5% of their annual pay bill to develop vocational skills and apprenticeships in their organisations.