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Fyne Homes Speaker at SFHA Conference

Megan Morrison from our Housing Department attended the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Annual Conference as a guest speaker—here is her report.

After winning the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Apprentice Challenge 2016; I was asked to attend the Annual Conference this year in Glasgow, as one of the guest speakers. I felt very honoured to present my journey through a presented speech to the conference delegates, to help launch the Housing Apprentice Action Plan for Scotland. I also demonstrated that the housing sector is an attractive employment destination for young people to aspire to, providing a high quality and prestigious path to a successful career. I told my own story about what my apprenticeship involved, highlights, what I learned, advice I would give to others, and what I’m doing now. The main issue that I wanted to raise was that the housing sector needs to increase the number and type of Modern Apprentices it employs, as you are giving a young person, like me, a chance on becoming successful. Recently I have been informed that Fyne Homes Committee has approved another Modern Apprentice to be recruited in our Technical Services Department on Bute. I’m very excited for this enrolment to happen!

I really hope that I can encourage young people to apply for apprenticeships; as you can gain great success, just like mine.

The SFHA has launched an ambitious plan for apprenticeships. The Housing Apprentice Action Plan for Scotland 2017–2020 aims to increase the amount and range of Modern Apprenticeships that are available. It aims to help build a motivated workforce and ensure the housing sector is viewed as an attractive employment destination for young people who are looking for a fulfilling career.   The action plan aligns with the Scottish Government’s commitment to growing and widening Modern Apprenticeships across Scotland, with the aim to increase equality and diversity by addressing issues around gender, additional support and complex needs, and minority group participation – including BME young people. The Housing Apprentice Action Plan for Scotland 2017–2020 builds on SFHA initiatives since 2014 to highlight the importance of apprenticeships. One such initiative was the award-winning Apprentice Challenge, a competition for young workers, which ran for three years. A steering group, led by SFHA, and consisting of Skills Development Scotland, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers, SHARE, EVH, Construction Industry Training Board and PATH Scotland helped to inform the plan. The SFHA also received support and input from representatives from housing associations

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