We are proud to offer a range of apprenticeship opportunities.
Our apprenticeship programme was introduced in 2017 and we currently employ apprentices across the business. We have recruited in many disciplines including Operatives, Customer Service Officers, Surveyors, HR, Finance, IT and many more. The average apprenticeship lasts for 18 months and we work in partnership with high quality, established, local and national training providers to offer the best training possible training.
Our apprenticeships provide individuals with a fantastic opportunity to earn while they learn and achieve a recognised qualification; they are fully supported throughout by mentors in the business.
Julie, Trainee Contracts Surveyor
“I completed my level 3 certificate in Construction and the Built Environment and passed with a Merit and will resume my studies this year to do the HNC level of the same.
“When I started with Grand Union I didn't have much knowledge about construction, though there's been a lot of growth my confidence has been boosted as I got to learn not only through studies, but also practice.
“I have a lot of support from my team members and colleagues across the business."
Dhru, Trainee Development Project Manager
Having completed his apprenticeship in 2020, Dhru talks about deciding against university and his experience of being an apprentice.
Connor, Trainee Quantity Surveyor
“Having completed my initial two-year apprenticeship i 2019, I was offered to train as a Quantity Surveyor with Grand Union and haven't looked back since!
"My work involves assisting the Senior Quantity Surveyor with group wide procurement and contract management. I also study part-time for a degree.
“With Grand Union's support, I am continuing to study to gain industry-based knowledge which, paired with my workplace experience, will help me fulfil my goal of becoming chartered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.”
Sophie, Customer Contact Advisor
Sophie, who has completed her apprenticeship, discusses how the daily experiences in customer services helped her throughout the course.
Georgina, Customer Contact Advisor
“I chose an apprenticeship because I felt quite confused by what career path I should take when I was 18. I knew I wanted to do something in customer service, as I studied this at college and believed I've always been quite good when speaking to customers.
"I wasn't the most academic student a school, but Grand Union supported me in passing my maths GCSE and passing my apprenticeship. I am now in my fourth year and I'm still being supported to learn new things.
“I started my apprenticeship in the Customer Contact team and have now moved to the Resolution team, as I and fellow colleagues believed I was ready to take the next steps in my career.”
Connor, Trainee Clerk of Works
Having completed his apprenticeship, Connor explains how it's helped develop his skills for the workplace.
Jake, Customer Relocations Coordinator
"Being an apprentice has been a great stepping stone in my career. I was able to learn new skills and put them into practice during the working week.
"Starting as an apprentice in the Customer Contact team gave me a great insight into the different areas of the organisation and helped me recognise that social housing was a career I could pursue long term."