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Apprenticeship project up for national gong

The project which saw our fantastic apprentices refurbish a whole house has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Our ten apprentices renovated a three-bedroomed semi-detached property in Ingham, near Lincoln during a project devised to help them develop their skills in a hands on environment.

And as a result of its success, the project has now been shortlisted as one of the three finalists in the Project Achievement category at the Institute of Asset Management Awards.

As part of our commitment to upskilling local talent and creating our own pipeline of tradespeople, we recruited ten apprentices in 2018/19.

On the back of a very successful project working alongside Lincoln College involving apprentices refurbishing rooms within houses, we developed and delivered a much larger, ambitious project to renovate a whole house using their team of eager-to-learn apprentices.

Apprentices from across the organisation were involved – including non-trades such as marketing, IT, HR and commercial. All supervised by a senior member of our trades team and managed by our Talent Delivery Manager.

The apprentices started from scratch, removing old kitchen and bathroom units, ripping off walls and ceilings and installing new electrical and plumbing systems. They also levelled the floors, tidied the garden, erected new fencing and fitted new carpets.

Local firms also gave up their time and products to help deliver the project on time and on budget.

This project provided apprentices with considerable evidence for their portfolio in addition a great work experience. Working on this project contributed 95% of the evidence the apprentices needed for their qualification, providing an amazing opportunity to boost their practical knowledge and a priceless experience for their careers. It also helped to enhance the skills of the trades engineer working with the apprentices throughout the project.

Jill Dickson, Acis’ Talent Delivery Manager, said: “We have worked with Lincoln and Gainsborough colleges and our apprentices on our empty properties before but never on this scale. What we’ve achieved here is off the scale.

“It started as an idea to give our apprentices an opportunity to develop their skills, but it grew into a huge project.

The awards will be handed out a ceremony in London on 27 November.

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