A high-performing apprentice with one of the region’s largest housing associations has picked up a prestigious award for her efforts.
Ashleigh Hindmoor, who works for believe housing, has been named Higher Level Apprentice of the Year by New College Durham. The award came as a total surprise for Ashleigh, who is a Works Coordinator within the group’s repairs function.
The award came after more than 12 months of hard work that saw Ashleigh achieve a higher-level apprenticeship in Management and Leadership. Her studies were completed alongside her day-to-day job, with just one night a week at college.
Ashleigh said: “Initially I thought I’d just been nominated, so I was really pleased when I found out I’d actually won. When you hand everything in you think you’re finished, you don’t expect something like this.”
The course saw Ashleigh study subjects including human resources and finance before completing a final assignment, which covered how the group could turn around houses more quickly and efficiently between tenants. The apprenticeship was also a useful opportunity to learn about how other organisations tackled similar issues.
Ashleigh is the latest in a long line of successful apprentices with believe housing. Since the group was formed just over three years ago, nine apprentices have been taken on in a wide variety of roles and 10 existing staff have been helped to progress their career through higher level apprenticeships. Many have already taken their experience into senior positions with the group, which manages more than 18,500 homes stretching from the Durham coast to rural Weardale.
“I’m already putting what I’ve learnt into practice within our admin team and mentoring one of our latest apprentices. I’m hoping to move into a management role with the group eventually too.” Ashleigh added.