Cross Keys Homes and City College Peterborough provide a ladder of opportunities for apprentices in Peterborough

Cross Keys Homes and City College Peterborough recently celebrated their support to apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week 2017.


Over the course of just one year, the two organisations have jointly funded and held 11 skills based courses, seven confidence courses, 31 basic IT sessions, 17 work clubs, a speed interview event for young people, and six basic cooking courses amongst many others, as well as providing apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities for young people, which has helped over 200 people.


Cross Keys Homes and City College Peterborough not only work together to provide support to apprentices, but they also regularly look at how they can work together to deliver employment support right across the local community at all levels.


One of the most recent apprentices to excel at Cross Keys Homes is Alice Clark. Alice began her apprenticeship in 2015, studying Level 3 Business Administration at City College Peterborough, while working at Cross Keys Homes as an Administration Assistant in the Specialist Interventions Team.


Alice was recently awarded with a certificate for her outstanding progression, which was presented by Peterborough’s Mayor, Councillor David Sanders, at a special event. Alice said: “I was over the moon to receive this certificate, and to be recognised for my hard work! I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship, and it’s helped me enormously to progress in my career. Throughout my apprenticeship, Cross Keys Homes and City College Peterborough have provided me with ongoing support and training and I have learnt so much.


“As a result of my apprenticeship, I have now secured a permanent role at Cross Keys Homes as a Recoveries Officer, which is a position that I really enjoy. Without my apprenticeship, I wouldn’t be where I am today”.


Allison Long, Cross Keys Homes’ Executive Director of Organisational Effectiveness and HR, said: “At Cross Keys Homes, we are dedicated to supporting people into employment in a wide range of ways. Our apprenticeships programme is a key part of this support, enabling us to develop young people and guide them into rewarding and fulfilling careers.


“By working in close partnership with City College Peterborough, we are able to provide these young people with the training they need to develop skills that will stay with them for life. We are delighted to be recognised by City College Peterborough at this event for providing these life changing opportunities for young people”.


Cross Keys Homes is Peterborough’s largest housing association, managing over 11,000 homes, and housing 14% of the city’s population. It is also growing rapidly, building homes across the eastern region at an unprecedented rate.


Cross Keys Homes is also the leading provider of independent living solutions for the needs of older and vulnerable people through the provision of its LifeLine emergency alarm, Cross Keys Care service, sheltered and extra care housing.


As a commercial business with a social heart, Cross Keys Homes is determined to support people into work and does this through a wide range of courses and support options, tailored to an individual’s needs. This includes supporting pre-apprentices and apprentices take their first step on the career ladder.

If you want to progress, like Alice, and take the first steps on your own career ladder, Cross Keys Homes currently have three exciting opportunities for an IT Apprentice (closing on 7 April 2017), an Apprentice Ranger (closing on 11 April 2017) and a Care Apprentice (closing on 12 April 2017) to join their team. To find out more about these positions visit

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