The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in Scotland has named Morgan Anderson, who is training in Kingdom Housing Association’s human resources department, as its Apprentice of the Year 2017.
Morgan has just finished the first year in a three-year training programme at the organisation, which builds and maintains housing across east central Scotland, and she has already achieved associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
“Before I joined Kingdom, I was a supervisor in a local supermarket and was keen to have a career in HR but was struggling to find a way into the profession,” says Morgan. “The Kingdom Trainee Programme was a great opportunity for me and everyone here has been really supportive to me. I’ve gained lots of great experiences in work, completed the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management and have recently started studying towards the CIPD Level 7 Diploma in HR Management.”
Morgan’s employers are thoroughly delighted with her success and new title, with Andrew Latto, Kingdom’s head of HR, saying: “I’m so proud of Morgan. We appointed her in the hope that, by the end of her three-year traineeship, she would have the knowledge, experience and qualifications to apply for entry-level HR practitioner roles either with Kingdom or another employer. Morgan has achieved all that after just one year, massively exceeding my expectations. I can’t wait to see what she can achieve after another two years.”
The organisation’s chief executive Bill Banks adds: “We created the Kingdom Trainee Programme as part of our mission to provide ‘More Than A Home’ because we know that, for a variety of reasons, young people sometime struggle to find a pathway into the career of their choice.
“All of our trainees are doing really well and it’s very rewarding to see one of them getting some very well-deserved recognition for her hard work and dedication.”