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Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice of the year One of our apprentices has recently been named as ‘student of the year’ by her college.

Apprentice Sophie Duggan received a certificate from Havering College of Further and Higher Education naming her as the ‘work based student of the year for plumbing’.

Sophie - who joined us in January 2015 - is currently working towards completing her level-three City & Guilds plumbing qualification.

Sitting one exam every two months, Sophie says she prefers the practical side of the course to the theory.

Working with her colleagues, Sophie regularly travels across the county fixing plumbing problems - from leaks to fitting bathrooms - for our residents.

“I’ve another two years to go before I complete my apprenticeship but I’m looking forward to carrying on at CHP when I’m finished,” said Sophie. “At the moment I’m really enjoying the practical side and being out and about on a daily basis – it’s a lot more enjoyable than sitting exams.”

Gavin Page, DLO manager, commented: “Sophie’s award from her college is a great achievement and something she should be immensely proud of. Currently we have four apprentices, each at the various stages of their training, which demonstrates our commitment to providing excellent training for our employees.”

Committed to providing practical learning opportunities, we currently employ four trades’ apprentices - one carpenter, two electricians and one plumber. Previously the company has provided two internal office apprenticeships, in IT and business administration, which led to both apprentices gaining full-time employment, one with us.

Ricky Weedon, a former IT apprentice who is now a Network Support Analyst, added: “My apprenticeship was fantastic. CHP provided me with on the job training meaning I was being paid to learn while helping me develop the skills and knowledge I needed to help me with my new career.”

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