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Community welcomes new apprentices

21st February 2018

Community has recently taken on its latest group of apprentices. Five young people have begun the union’s bespoke training and development programme as Apprentice Organisers, working across the union’s regional teams.

The new cohort met the General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss, and National Executive Council Members today at the union’s Education and Training centre in Earls Barton.

Welcoming the new apprentices, Roy Rickhuss said:

“Under my leadership I made a commitment that the union would invest in young people. I wanted to give young workers opportunities to develop and make a career for themselves. We expect the employers where our members work to take on apprentices, so it’s only right and proper that we set a standard ourselves.

“I’m proud of the achievements of our former apprentices, a number of whom are pursuing successful careers across a range of roles in Community, or who, as a result of completing their Community apprenticeships, have found sustainable employment in the wider world of work.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our new group of apprentices grow and develop within the organisation during the course of their apprenticeship.”

Declan Mann (left) was a Community Learning Rep for Whistl in Glasgow and joins Community’s Scotland & Northern Ireland team.

Callie Heathcoate (right) comes from a customer advisory role and will be based in Community’s North of England region.

Lauren Wilmot has worked in a customer service role for Arriva Trains and will be based in the union’s Cardiff office as part of the Wales team.

Two Apprentice Organisers will be covering Community Midlands & Eastern region as well as working alongside Community’s finance and professional sector team. Based across the Kidderminster and Cheltenham offices are Alexandra Teague (second left) and Daniel Warren (second right). Alexandra has worked as a supervisor for the Cosy Coffee Company and Daniel has been an active member of the union’s Wolverhampton Community branch since 2013.

The five new apprentices join Maisha Miah, who is working as an apprentice in Community’s finance department in London.

Maisha joined Community in June 2016 and has already completed her AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Level 2 with a merit. She has recently started her AAT Level 3 qualification.

Maisha said:

“My time here so far has been really good. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. Everyone is very supportive and helpful with my work and studies. I was very apprehensive at first however I have grown much more confident since starting. I’ve gone on a lot of courses (outside of my AAT) which I have gained a lot of knowledge from.”

The union is determined to continue to invest in young workers.