Platform Housing Group, one of the UK’s largest social landlords, has been crowned the winner of The Employer Special Recognition Award from Boston College in Lincolnshire.
The housing provider has an existing employer provider relationship with the college, meaning that it is recognised as providing apprenticeships which are supported by classroom or workshop based training at the college.
The college’s annual Apprenticeship Awards takes place in March every year, recognising and celebrating the success and hard work of both its apprentices and employers. The college nominated Platform Housing Group for its Employer Special Recognition Awards.
Wayne Smith, apprenticeship co-ordinator at Boston College explained : “We are delighted to work alongside such passionate employers as Platform Housing Group who are keen to train the workforce of the future.
“The social landlord has worked in close partnership with us for more than three years and is a supportive employer, ensuring that all apprentices are offered time off from work to attend extra training at college as well as providing extra time dedicated to home self study.
“The organisation also supports the apprentices to attend block weeks at college, helping to fund the cost of their stay in Boston. The support has also been extended to those apprentices studying for Maths and English functional skills.
“Apprenticeships just wouldn’t be possible without employers like Platform Housing Group; together we provide the best possible experience for them. Congratulations to Platform and all those involved!”
Platform Housing Group currently supports 3.28 per cent of its staff to undertake apprenticeships ranging from Level 2 to Level 7 across all areas of the organisation; the social landlord is currently working with 21 colleges and training providers.
The company is a Cornerstone Employer, experienced in engaging with education and giving strategic support to both secondary schools and colleges to empower careers provision.
Importantly, it has an apprenticeship strategy in place with ambitious targets including social mobility, making communities a better place and helping people to find their purpose and uniqueness.
Clare Durnin, executive director of Corporate Resources at Platform Housing Group said : “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised by this award.
“We are humbled and proud to work with some truly inspirational apprentices and will continue to ensure our colleagues continue to grow and develop to be the very best they can.
“Thank you to all those involved in making this happen. We look forward to the continued success of our relationship with Boston College.”
Balogun Metzger, an electrical apprentice at Platform Housing Group studying at Boston College said : “I am thrilled we won this award!
“I feel so blessed to be in a company that cares and has such high standards, helping me with extra study time and listening to me when I need help. I am proud to be part of the Group.”
Platform Housing Group owns 46,000 homes in total, and they completed 1448 homes in 2019/20 at an investment of £258m.
The Group also built more social rented homes during the past 2 years in England than any other provider – almost 33% of the total homes built.
Platform Housing Group’s operating area is from Herefordshire in the West to the Lincolnshire coast in the East, and from the Derbyshire Dales in the North to the Cotswolds in the South.
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