Posted on 19 May 2017
This week Ashley Stewart, Hyde employee and Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Apprentice of the Year for the South East Region, discovered that learning at work is not just about taking the right course or completing the appropriate modules; as he looked to the top for a one-on-one lesson on running a housing association from our Group Chief Executive, Elaine Bailey.
Ashley took the opportunity to meet with the lady at the helm during a visit to the new i360 Tower on Brighton seafront.
Ashley said: “It was good to meet Elaine and to talk about things that really interest to me like property development, Hyde’s portfolio and the work I do as part of the Property Services team at Hyde. I love working at Hyde and I want to learn as much as I can about the business. Elaine can help with that so I took the chance to talk about some of my ideas and what a future at Hyde could look like for me.”
Ashley joined us last year on a two year apprentice programme, and worked hard to complete his qualification 10 months ahead of schedule to become a productive and vital member of the team. He was nominated by us for the CIH Awards and won the regional heat; he’s now up for the national award later this year. Ashley missed out on visiting the i360 at the award ceremony during the CIH conference, so Ms Bailey was more than happy to make sure he had the opportunity to ride the capsule during our recent all staff conference.
Ashley completed his apprentice qualification well ahead of the two year scheme duration, and soon turned his energies to working with the experienced colleagues in his team to provide the best service possible. He secured a permanent position within the team and dedicated his time to reviewing some of the processes and coming up with recommendations for more effective ways of working. His ideas have now been developed into training for new starters.
“Ashley’s passion and dedication have been remarkable to witness,” said Elaine Bailey. “He has quickly grown in his role and has made a real difference to his team. We’re very proud of all that he has achieved.”
Ahead of Learning at Work Week 2017 the Hyde Academy launched a new career development and management portal, "My Career Builder", accessible to staff at all levels throughout the organisation. Available through secure, individual login details, the portal gives information, advice and guidance on career matters, including training, mentoring and professional courses. It will support the ambitions of new and existing staff, like Ashley, throughout their career at Hyde.
Find out more about Learning at Work Week 15-21 May 2017 on the Campaign for Learning website.