Weslo making a difference to two young apprentices

(from left) Assistant technical manager Robert Boal; apprentices Morgan and Daniel with chief executive Mike Bruce
(from left) Assistant technical manager Robert Boal; apprentices Morgan and Daniel with chief executive Mike Bruce

Two young trade apprentices are embarking on a career with Weslo Housing Management that will change their lives forever.

Morgan Ramsay and Daniel Harrison commenced with Weslo’s Technical Services division last week as an apprentice electrician and plumbing/gas engineer respectively.

As they take their first steps onto the trade career ladder what they probably don’t appreciate is they are making history by being amongst a very privileged few, if maybe not the first, to receive a wage way above the national average for trade apprentices.

Apprenticeships in general are always sought after, however an apprenticeship with the package offered by Weslo is relatively unheard of today resulting in a huge response as you would expect.

Mike Bruce, Weslo chief executive, said: “Weslo is committed to making a difference to the communities it operates in. Being a great employer is hugely important to us as we are a people focussed organisation. As a Living Wage Employer, having gained accreditation in 2015, extending the National Living Wage to our trade apprentices may be setting precedence within the construction industry generally, however for us it was the right thing to do as it sits comfortably with our core values and I look forward to seeing Morgan and Daniel fulfilling their apprenticeship.”

Daniel Harrison said: “Gaining this apprenticeship with Weslo means such a lot and has given me the chance to accomplish a dream I’ve always had of becoming a gas engineer. I can’t thank Weslo enough for giving me this opportunity.”

Morgan Ramsay added: “As soon as I saw the apprenticeship advertised, I jumped at the opportunity, not just to do something I love but also to work for an amazing company.”

Robert Boal, assistant technical manager, said: “Our two new apprentices went through an arduous recruitment process to gain these much sought after apprenticeships. We had fifty eight initial applicants, with thirteen for both trades invited to attend an initial practical test and a written exam. The top six were then invited to attend a formal interview and written exam. I was very impressed with the way Daniel and Morgan approached these assessments that now seems them starting their future careers with Weslo.”

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