Meet our apprentices - Natalie

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Natalie finished university in 2021 with a degree in graphic design, and decided to apply for an apprenticeship with Progress Housing Group as she wants to get into joinery as a career.

Natalie is our Apprentice Joiner:

"I have only recently finished my graphic design degree but I am excited to start my new career at the Group and get a trade behind me. I think much of what I've learned in my degree will also come in really handy as an apprentice joiner; I feel incredibly lucky to have had the experience of doing a degree and to now go into an apprenticeship to learn a trade as well.

"So far, I am finding the apprenticeship really good. I have already had the opportunity to go into customers' properties and work on lots of different jobs with my mentor, and I have learned a lot already.

"I feel proud to have got this apprenticeship as it is a really sought-after opportunity. Some people do think it's unexpected that I've gone into a joinery career as I am a female in what's been seen as a traditionally male role, but it's been quite an easy transition. It does make me feel quite proud to be doing what I'm doing."

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How to get help finding or applying for an apprenticeship at Progress Housing Group:

If you are interested in an apprenticeship or training opportunity at Progress Housing Group, or would like to discuss your training and apprenticeship options within the Lancashire area, please contact Progress Futures on 03333 204 555 or at, or visit the Progress Futures page on our website by clicking here.