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Tackling youth unemployment with apprenticeships

As part of National Apprenticeship Week the most recent additions to the Catalyst Housing apprenticeship programme, Katie, Daniel and Denise have taken over the Catalyst Gateway twitter account (@catalystgateway) and will be broadcasting the work they get up to. Two videos have also been created looking at the expectations and aspirations of our construction and customer support apprentices.

Housing apprentices

Construction apprentices


With youth unemployment remaining worrying high, Catalyst is committed to helping young people get the skills and training needed to compete in the job market. Over the coming months Catalyst will offer 21 apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of fields from construction to human resources. Along with the benefit of hands-on training, apprentices will work towards fully accredited training qualifications, and attend a range of classes, seminars and assessment sessions.

A year on from launching their apprenticeship programme, Catalyst has placed 46 people into apprenticeship positions within Catalyst and those we work in partnership with e.g. Willmott Dixon, Higgins, Just Ask and Morrison. These apprentices have come from a variety of backgrounds including shop owners forced out of work due to the recession to those already taking training in housing but needing a helping hand to get to the next level.

Masooma struggled to find work for six months after completing her studies. She joined Catalyst as a housing apprentice and since completing her apprenticeship she has become a full time trainee neighbourhood manager.  

“The apprenticeship has made a difference to me as I have learned team work, planning and implementing tasks that have been assigned to me. It’s changed me and made me a very confident person which I wasn’t at all before starting this apprenticeship. It has also benefited me as I can now communicate very well with a diverse range of people.

I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship with Catalyst, it’s on the job training and gaining a very good recognised qualification at the same time.”

Kerry Starling, head of employment and skills at Catalyst Gateway said:

“A job is a priority to most of the local people we speak to, yet they often struggle to access employment. By being able to offer apprenticeships and training we’re able to make a real difference to people’s futures. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to find and develop new talent.”