Reallies have sponsored the Best Apprenticeship Scheme award at this years 24Housing Awards that took place at Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 18 October.
The awards are an evening of celebration, reflection and recognition of the UK housing sector and its professionals whose job it is to provide a vital resource to some of the most vulnerable people in the country.
Reallies supports hundreds of apprentices on their path to fulfilling careers as Social Value is at the heart of all of Reallies’ procurement frameworks. By building social value in to every contract, we ensure consistent, measurable and meaningful social value outcomes, linked directly to sustainable employment.
In each region where Reallies frameworks are used, we engage with ‘local employment groups’ (LEGs) to achieve social value objectives, and assist them by providing capacity building support and professional training and development to enhance and improve their services. We also provide employment-with-training opportunities directly to the LEGs, generated via the social value clauses in Reallies procurement frameworks.
There has never been a more exciting or challenging time to work in housing. Reductions in government grant and changes to the benefits system have forced housing providers of all shapes and sizes to think creatively about the type of organisations they want to be now and in the future.
Shortlisted for the Best Apprenticeship Award were:
- Berkeley REACH
- Home Group
- Rykneld Homes
- WM Housing Group
They are all fantastic examples of apprenticeship schemes in our sector, however there can only be one winner and the evening saw WM Housing Group taking away the award for their superb Supported Internships scheme.
Claire Hardwick, Head of Customer Involvement and Engagement at WM Housing, said: “We’re delighted to have won this award as it recognises what a fabulous programme this is and the really positive impact it can have for all involved.”
Mike Brogan, Chief Executive of Reallies said: “A particularly worthy winner. Refreshing in their thorough understanding of an issue and determination to find a realistic solution. Then following through to deliver it themselves. Really well done WMH.”