Apprenticeships & Graduate Placements at Estuary Housing

Deciding on your future career path isn’t easy - whether you’ve recently left school, graduated from university or perhaps you’re already in employment but looking to move into a different sector altogether.

An apprenticeship or graduate placement with Estuary Housing is a great way to kick start your career in housing, care or corporate services in the not-for-profit sector. 

Our programmes give you the opportunity to study for a fully-accredited vocational qualification whilst gaining valuable work experience. You will also working to make a difference to the people and communities we support. 

All of our opportunities are paid at the national minimum wage or above, giving you the opportunity to earn while you learn. Who knows where this could take you?

Many of our apprentices or graduates have successfully moved into higher level roles at Estuary Housing following their placements.  Read on to find out more about some of our recent success stories….

Apprenticeships

Josh Lock - Finance Officer

I joined the organisation in September 2016 as an Apprentice Finance Officer. It was my first office based job, so I was looking forward to adapting to a new environment. My colleagues were very friendly and didn't hesitate to answer any questions that I had.
Josh Lock - Finance Officer

I have worked within both Purchase Ledger and Payroll. This has allowed me to gain a great depth of knowledge, and I have since been able to apply this to my studies.

I've been really supported during my AAT studies, which made exam periods a lot less stressful. As a result, I recently achieved a Merit in Level 2, and am currently undertaking the Level 3 qualification.

I would highly recommend apprenticeship schemes to anyone entering a new field of work. I've made new friends, been given a burst of confidence and the platform I need to reach my end goal of becoming a fully qualified accountant.

Amy Samuels - Income and Allocations Officer

I recently started working for the organisation as an Income and Allocations assistant and I am enjoying every moment of it every day. I have a range of tasks I complete at the moment which include helping tAmy Samuels - Income and Allocations Officerhe allocations team as well as former tenant arrears. I completed a Graphic Design degree at university and wanted to get a job where I was able to make a difference which is why I am now undertaking a completely different role. Since day one, from applying to be an apprentice to sitting writing this testimonial, I have had so much support from the income/allocations team and my manager. I would highly recommend one of these schemes: you will be able to see your personal development within a matter of months.

I am currently working towards a Level 3 Business Admin Qualification, which is helping me within my current role.

Paul Robertson - Income Officer

I joined in June 2016 as an Income and Allocations Assistant Apprentice and undertook an apprenticeship in Business Administration at level 3. This was my first experience of working within housing. There wasPaul Robertson - Income Officer a lot to learn and it was a little daunting at first but my team were and are still very supportive which helped to put me at ease.

After the first few months of learning the CRM system and Income and Allocations processes, my work began to vary quickly as I began to undertake a wider range of tasks and responsibilities. I moved from administration duties to taking tenants’ calls and becoming involved in the mutual exchange process. This enabled me to gain a deeper insight into different housing services.

In July 2017 I became an Income Officer for a fixed term period. I have learnt a lot since I joined, and gained lots of valuable experience. I have been able to help tenants, which has been the most rewarding part of my role so far.

Throughout my time at Estuary Housing I have been given the opportunity to learn and grow in my role. I have always found my colleagues to be very helpful and supportive, which has made working here an enjoyable and rewarding experience.    

Maisy Daniels - Property Services

I joined in 2016 as a Finance Officer apprentice working in both payroll and purchase Ledger. This was my first real job so I was extremely nervous, but excited. Everyone at Estuary Housing welcomed me with open arms. Maisy Daniels Property Services

Exams have always been difficult for me but being able to learn on the job made everything fall into place. Apprenticeships for me are the best way to step out of your comfort zone and achieve anything you put your mind to. This experience has really kick started my career and given me the platform to excel in a professional environment.

From my apprenticeship I have gained a full time job as a Property Services Administrator. Estuary Housing offers various opportunities for people to get onto the working ladder and will support you every step of the way.

Keerthi Shankar – Project Surveyor

I joined in 2015 as a graduate surveyor. This was my first insight into Property Services and I have had many opportunities to develop my skills and knowledge. Estuary Housing has enabled me to greatly boost my careerKeerthi Shankar - Project Surveyor with a diverse range of exciting and challenging projects.

There are no limitations for growth and I’ve always been encouraged to stretch myself, improve my knowledge and develop new skills. In September 2016 I was promoted to Project Surveyor and started to manage various major planned works. I will always be thankful to the people who believed in me and gave me this opportunity to grow, not only within the company but also as a person. I am currently in the middle of completing RICS training, and I have been fully supported in obtaining my professional qualification.

No day is ever the same and, for me, it is this diversity that makes working here really enjoyable. Estuary Housing is people-focused and this remains strong throughout the company’s growth and development. We are now at a time of rapid growth and exciting new initiatives. I believe  this is an excellent organisation with which to build a career.

Clare Overton - Communications/ Social Media Graduate

I joined in 2017 as a graduate working in the Communications department. I studied English literature at university, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my degree. I just knew that I wanted to do something creative that helpeClare Overton - Communications/ Social Media Graduated to deliver social change. The non-profit sector can be difficult to get into. My graduate placement has given me incredibly valuable experience in the world of work in housing; including research and self-directed projects.

I’ve been able to develop new skills in digital communications, using Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and working on the website. In my time here so far I’ve been concentrating on Estuary Housing’s social media – from researching possibilities, to strategy and policy development, right through to implementation. I’ve worked with staff of all levels within the organisation and I’m even preparing to present to the Board! I’ve had fantastic support from my line manager, preventing my work from becoming too daunting. Estuary Housing have been really generous in giving me time to attend training and professional development events.

Housing is such an interesting and diverse sector – I’d recommend it to anyone. A graduate position with Estuary Housing will provide you with the tools to succeed in a wide range of career options.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for apprenticeship or graduate opportunities at Estuary Housing?

All vacancies will be advertised on the current vacancies page of our website.  If we don’t have any opportunities at the current time, we encourage you to register and sign up for job alerts via email. This means you will be notified as soon as a new vacancy is added.

What does the recruitment process involve?

You will need to complete an online application form, which will include details of your work experience, education and your reasons for applying for the role.  Many of our placements are delivered in partnership with a college or learning provider. Depending on the kind of opportunity available, you may need to apply directly with the learning provider or through the National Apprenticeship Service website.  However, full details of how to apply will always be listed on Estuary Housing’s own career page.

If your application is successful, you will be asked to attend an interview.  If you are then offered the role, we will undertake references, health clearance and a DBS check (if applicable to your role). You will also be registered with your college or learning provider before you commence your role. 

As an apprentice or graduate, you will be treated in much the same way as any other colleague at the organisation. You will receive a salary and holiday allowance, as well as access to our pension scheme and many other benefits. You will receive all the additional support you need from your manager and learning provider, and you will also receive paid time off to attend study sessions/training as required.

How long does a placement last?

All placements last a minimum of 12 months, but may be longer depending on the role and type of qualification. The details for each placement will be clearly listed on our careers page when vacancies are available.

Any other questions?

If you have any other questions or would like to find out more, please contact our HR team on 01702 463268 or email recruitment@estuary.co.uk.