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Thomas Armstrong employee becomes first apprentice for Cumbria Housing Partners scheme

Who are Cumbria Housing Partners?

Cumbria Housing Partners (CHP) is a housing consortium based in Cumbria. It is a mutual trading company – we trade for the benefit of members and are a membership company. CHP is part of a bigger consortium of landlords called Procure-Plus, which is based in Manchester.

Its Board is made up of the following five social housing providers – Copeland Homes, Derwent and Solway Housing Association, Home Group Limited, Impact Housing Association and Two Castles Housing Association.

Its purpose is to deliver savings for each partner landlord through the joint procurement of materials and labour for their Decent Homes Investment programmes. Decent Homes investment includes the replacement of kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows and central heating systems and rewiring. Savings generated are used by each of the landlords to ensure the improvement of more homes and to re-invest in regeneration activities within the communities they serve.
In total, partner landlords are responsible for the repair and maintenance of 20,000 homes in the county.

Training scheme

One of CHP’s regeneration objectives is to place two trainee places for every £1m of investment spent with contractors.
Each and every contractor in the CHP supply chain has committed to helping CHP to meet this objective.

Ricky Holt is the 1st apprentice to have been officially employed working on CHP contracts as part of this initiative.Ricky has been recruited by Thomas Armstrong based in Maryport who carry out work on behalf of Home Group, Impact Housing and Two Castles Housing Associations.

Neil Humes, General Manager for Thomas Armstrong is impressed by the progress that Ricky is making, the commitment and hard work he has shown. Ricky will be covering a range of tasks to enable him to develop his skills whilst working on the broad spectrum of work allocated through CHP including central heating installations.

As part of the plumbing apprenticeship, Ricky will start at Lakes College initially on a block release before attending for 1 day a week.

“We wish Ricky every success with his future career and will be following his progress throughout his apprenticeship. This is just the beginning of what we anticipate will be a very successful scheme and we are looking forward to making more placements with other contractors over the coming months.” Stephanie Murphy, Chair of CHP. 

A copy of the full CHP newsletter for September 2010 can be downloaded here.



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