SFHA Apprentice Challenge Winner
Posted on 7th Jun 2016 at 10:44 ( Last updated on 7th Jun 2016 at 14:05 )
Fyne Homes have the best Housing Assosiation Apprentice in the whole of Scotland. Megan Morrison won the SFHA Apprentice Challenge on Thursday 2nd June 2016 at their Annual Conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. Here is what Megan has to say about the whole thing:
After winning the Apprentice Challenge 2016; I am still very overwhelmed by the result. Not only did I take away the title of the overall winner in Scotland, but I also met a lot of inspiring people who have motivated me. I have gained more knowledge and experience from learning from the debates, conferences and sessions. I also intend to keep in touch with all of the other apprentices, as I have made a few friends and would love to network with them one day.
I am very honoured and humbled by all the support and encouragement that I’m receiving from all of the staff at Fyne Homes and Committee Members. It is good rep for Fyne Homes and our island. I will continue to work hard to achieve my goals and life ambitions.
"The world is your oyster” as they say!
There are many reasons why I applied for the Modern Apprenticeship. Firstly, the Isle of Bute is a small island, so opportunities like this don't come around a lot. After researching the apprenticeship, the things that really appealed to me were that I would be learning on the job and gaining work and life experience. I would be getting paid, educated, qualified and trained.
Personally, I am really interested in how people think and behave and in using logical approaches to solve problems, make decisions and find answers. My research into housing really left me feeling enthused, and I feel this career is perfect for me.
I like interacting with our applicants when assisting them to complete an application form and processing it until it reaches a stage when the applicants become tenants. Most of all, I enjoy helping them out, whether it’s housing or maintenance enquiries, dealing with antisocial behaviour or reporting estate management issues.
I learn something new every day, which I believe is building up and strengthening my self-confidence.
I have been very fortunate in my apprenticeship as my line manager has allowed me to job shadow colleagues in the various departments within the organisation. This has allowed me to gain work experience in reception, finance, maintenance and rent arrears. This has been very beneficial, and I now know, briefly, how each department operates. My apprenticeship has been a really rewarding experience.
On completion of my apprenticeship; I have been offered a permanent position in the housing department to work as a Housing and Admin Trainee. I am over the moon and delighted with my good news!!
I really hope that I can encourage young people to apply for apprenticeships; as you can gain great success, just like mine! My ambition is to work as a housing officer one day. My apprenticeship has helped me decide on the career path that I wish to achieve.