Aspire’s got talent

Aspire Housing employees are getting a boost with the launch of a new Talent Academy.

Talent academyThe career development scheme will provide staff with even more training opportunities to enhance their skills and realise their full potential.

Five ‘Rising Stars’ have been selected from across the organisation to complete individually customised training programmes over the next 18 months.

The Academy combines formal education, project work, mentoring and coaching from senior managers, presentations, training workshops, external placements, secondments and job shadowing.

Customer Service Manager Craig Taylor, one of the five selected employees, said: “I think this is a great opportunity and it shows that Aspire is committed to being a success.

“Developing our own staff is a great sign of faith in the talent that we already have within the organisation and I am very proud to be a part of that.”

Craig is joined on the programme by Senior Technical Surveyor Kevin Beattie, Trades Team Manager Annette Bennett, Area of Major Intervention Officer Kadenia Cole and Housing Officer Natalie Snell.

Each member of the Academy has an individual career development plan along with mentoring support from the senior management team and quarterly reviews with Sinead Butters, Chief Executive of the Aspire Group.

She said: “The Talent Academy is a fantastic way of identifying future leaders at Aspire and providing them with bespoke training that will unleash their potential to the benefit of both the individual and the business.

“Aspire Housing is committed to nurturing talent. Having well-trained, motivated staff ultimately means we can provide the very best possible service to all our customers.”

With nearly 500 members of staff The Aspire Group is a significant local employer. In the past 12 months it has recruited 45 apprentices – almost ten per cent of its workforce.

It provides more than 20,000 customers with quality affordable homes and services across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.