Social landlord organises Try a Trade Day

A social landlord is organising an event to give people a sample of different trades and recruit apprentices.

Platform Housing Group, Worcestershire’s largest social landlord, is launching the first of several ‘Try a Trade Day’ events on 20 February. The first event this year will be held at the Building Block, Worcester Community Hub, Shap Drive, and will kick off a recruitment campaign to find apprentices for June this year.

Linda Gittings, Apprenticeships and Qualifications Manager, said: “Apprenticeships have advantages over other routes into employment and apprentices bring significant value to our organisation. We’re looking for people of any age or gender who are passionate about teamwork and making a difference while learning a trade.”

Platform Property Care (PPC), a part of Platform Housing Group, is looking for apprentices to join its growing team of tradespeople. PPC currently employs nearly 400 operatives and, by expanding its workforce, it will be able to improve the service it provides to its customers. Dennis Evans, Group Property Care Director, said: “As a growing part of the business it’s important that we recruit for the future. This event is an opportunity for people to try the different trades that make up our workforce and to get a feel for what Platform Property Care is all about. We are investing in our future workforce and local communities by offering training and development for individuals through apprenticeships. It’s a very exciting time for Platform Property Care as we continue to grow from strength to strength.”

‘Try a Trade Day’ participants will engage in activities themed around four skills; carpentry, plumbing, electrical and tiling. This will give them the opportunity to experience the sort of work PPC operatives do on a daily basis. The event is designed to help participants decide which specific trade they feel most interested in and to encourage them to apply for apprenticeship positions with PPC, which will be advertised in June.

There will be three sessions, at 9.30am, 12.15pm and at 4.30pm, with a maximum of 20 people attending each session. To book a place, visit

Platform Housing Group provides more than 45,000 homes 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.

Photo caption: Dennis Evans (left), Group Property Care Director, and Platform Property Care apprentices.