Abbey flys the flag for apprenticeships with Karbon Homes



Abbey Brown, 21 from Durham, has urged more young people to begin pursuing an education through apprenticeships.

Abbey Brown, Karbon colleague

Abbey, who works as a Retirement Living Housing Assistant at Karbon Homes, secured her position after completing a business administration apprenticeship through the North East Chamber of Commerce.

She said: “I started my business administration apprenticeship back in 2013 when I was 16, working alongside the community involvement team. A lot of my friends were on full time college courses, but I really wanted to get stuck in to work so the apprenticeship route seemed a lot more appealing.

“Looking back now I can see what a difference taking an apprenticeship route has made to me. The opportunity to work amongst adults in a real life working environment, whilst gaining valuable work experience, at a younger age helped build my knowledge, confidence, and communications skills, all whilst pushing me further up the career ladder than many of my friends.”

Abbey, who completed her apprenticeship in 2015 and secured a full time position with Karbon, enjoys the variety that her role brings.

“I was due to finish my apprenticeship in the March 2015 but in the January a Housing Assistant role was advertised. Throughout my apprenticeship I had worked quite closely with the Housing team and I had accompanied a few of the officers on visits as part of my development, so I was quite excited by the idea of working in that area of the organisation.

“I was fortunate enough to be successful in my application and I have been working as a Housing Assistant since then. Every day brings a new challenge, and I love that about this role, no two days are ever the same.

“In the future I would like to explore the Housing Officer route within Karbon, but the beauty of working within a large organisation means that there are many avenues I can explore as my career goes on.”

Abbey is a keen advocate of learning while you earn approaches to education and recommends others to consider apprenticeships as a way in to the world of work and a means of advancing their career prospects.

“To anyone thinking about taking the apprenticeship route, I would definitely recommend it. There’s nothing to lose but so much to gain. As well as getting a qualification, you are earning and by surrounding yourself with really experienced people you can learn from you are building your skills and confidence massively.

“What I’ve loved the most is that it has opened so many doors for me, and when you’re working for an organisation like Karbon that offers so much encouragement and support whilst you’re training, you’re really setting yourself up for a great career.”

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