News Sovini Property Services Apprentice Scoops North West Award

The Chartered Institute of Housing has named Charlie Symes of Sovini Property Services as its North West Apprentice of the Year.

The 17-year-old multi-skilled apprentice beat off stiff competition to win the award, and has been automatically shortlisted at the national Housing Heroes Awards 2016 which takes place next month.

Symes initially secured her apprenticeship with SPS – part of the Sovini Group – through the Handy Skills programme, a joint initiative with One Vision Housing (OVH).

The programme promotes careers in the trades to 15 and 16 year olds who are about to leave full-time education in Sefton.

SPS provides comprehensive repairs, maintenance and facilities management services to their partners OVH and Pine Court Housing Association, as well as a number of other businesses outside of the Sovini Group in the North West.

They currently employ 14 apprentices across the business.

Charlie decided when she was 14 that she wanted a hands-on career rather than follow the academic route, and focused her time on starting a career in construction.

She has been an apprentice since August 2015, and also won employee of the month in December for her hard work and dedication.

SPS managing director Phil Pemberton said: “Charlie is a fantastic ambassador for both our apprenticeship scheme and the business itself.

“We’re so proud of her achievements and especially this award win, which is well deserved given her dedication to her job and development.

“Apprentices are vital to our growth as a business, as we continue to develop an exceptionally skilled workforce.”

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