Investing in our colleagues
In support of the National Housing Federation’s ‘Homes at the Heart’ campaign, Luke Freeman, a newly-qualified electrician at Progress Housing Group, tells us about his experience of training to be a qualified electrician at the Lancashire-based housing group.
At Progress Housing Group, we’re contributing to the country’s coronavirus recovery and economic growth, not only by building new homes but by continually investing in our colleagues.
Our commitment to, and investment in, continuous professional development and structured training plans, makes the most of our employees’ skills, talent and passion for helping people and improving communities, and contributes to building a stronger economy.
Luke Freeman is a newly-qualified electrician. He joined Progress Housing Group as an apprentice five years ago (with block release at Preston's College in Fulwood) and Progress Housing Group has funded him through a four-year apprenticeship. Luke joined Progress Housing Group through Progress Futures, our employment and skills service offering employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities to Progress Housing Group tenants and their families.
Whilst training, Luke has gained experience working with colleagues across our property services teams. Last year, Luke successfully completed his apprenticeship and was appointed to an 'Improver' role, which is a 12 month+ period to further expand his skills and knowledge of electrical systems and to become a more confident and competent electrician.
Luke was provided with full training, support and help throughout by both his team leader, Tony Griffiths, and electrical operations manager, Carl Chapman.
Luke’s potential and drive to succeed led to him moving through our property services structured training plan into a ‘new improver role’ which, at the end of his training, will see him become a Lead Electrician for the Group.
About his experience working at Progress Housing Group, Luke says,“Progress Housing Group has provided some amazing opportunities for me over the past five years. Because of the investment and support of the Group, I’ve been able to follow a proper career path and been able to afford to train as an electrician and follow my dreams.
“I was so proud when I qualified as an electrician last year and I want to say thank you to everyone I’ve worked with who has helped me! I’m really looking forward to the next stage of my career at the Group.”
Cath Mustafa, Head of Property Services at Progress Housing Group, said, "We’re all very proud of Luke here at Progress Housing Group. From joining us as an apprentice, he’s developed into a key player within our Electrical Team. He has been everything we expect from our apprentices; hardworking, keen to learn and committed to providing excellent services to our customers.
"Apprenticeships are key to us as a business, helping to ensure we continue to develop new talent and enhance the skills of our team in order to deliver fantastic services."
About Progress Futures
Luke joined Progress Housing Group through Progress Futures, our employment and skills service offering employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities to Progress Housing Group tenants and their families.
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About Homes at the Heart
Homes at the Heart is a national campaign and coalition calling for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing. Find out more about the Homes at the Heart campaign by clicking here to visit the National Housing Federation website.