Zoe and Darryl back schemes

Lauren Mitson, Zoe Lucas and Darryl Durno, who all took part in Suffolk Housing Society apprenticeship schemes
Lauren Mitson, Zoe Lucas and Darryl Durno, who all took part in Suffolk Housing Society apprenticeship schemes
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THREE former trainees whose apprenticeships helped them into work have urged young people to follow their lead.

Zoe Lucas, from Red Lodge, and Darryl Durno, from Bury St Edmunds, both 20, have both found jobs since joining Suffolk Housing Society (SHS) on apprenticeship schemes.

Zoe was recruited as a finance trainee in April 2010.

She said: “I’d recommend an apprenticeship to anyone. As well as giving you practical experience in the workplace, it also gives you the chance to earn while you learn.”

Darryl did an NVQ in customer services while working as a housing trainee from October 2008. He has since worked as a community manager with Flagship Housing Group and will start a new role for St Edmundsbury Borough Council soon.

“My experience as a trainee at SHS definitely helped me. It got me my job at Flagship, managing an area of properties, and gave me the skills to move onwards and further my career and earn a decent wage,” he said.

Lauren Mitson, 19, is studying for an NVQ in housing practices while working at SHS as a housing trainee.