Action Apprentices


The Action Apprentices programme provides real work experience and formal education for both unemployed and vulnerable people and full-time construction apprentices. Working together through community learning they renovate and revitalise derelict properties for wider community and social benefit; creating homes and delivering a believable route to a better future.

We deliver an accredited programme of learning, enabling all participants to gain the skills, knowledge and experience required to develop their employability skills within a work-like environment.

Vulnerable people participate in therapeutic work-like activity, backed by peer mentoring and an education opportunity enabling them to:

  • Become better equipped to engage in formal training, employment or self-employment
  • Improve the local environment through housing renewal
  • Achieve self-reliance and independence
  • Develop the capacity to turn their lives around

College apprentices work on site in the development of homes and act as positive role models for the more vulnerable participants. A modular approach enriches the offering to learners, whilst giving practical experience in delivering sustainable community benefit.

This transformational approach towards people and communities improves the lives and aspirations of all who are engaged, delivering to them clear pathways to education, training and employment.

If you would like to know more about Action Apprentices please use out Contact Us page to send us an enquiry.




Keepmoat press release

February 2013


Vulnerable people shown the building blocks to their future

 Vulnerable people linked to local charity Action Housing and Support have been given a rare insight of working in the construction industry by leading housebuilder Keepmoat.

The community regeneration specialist invited six potential apprentices along to its Brearley Forge housing development in Parson Cross on Friday (1st March) to catch a glimpse of how the building industry works first hand.

The aim of the initiative is to help build the confidence of individuals in touch with the charity and to invite them to apply for potential apprenticeship schemes in future. 

Keepmoat is planning to hire 15 apprentices at Brearley Forge where 142 new homes are being built to suit first-time buyers, couples or families looking for a bit more space.

The Brearley Forge development is being delivered by The Sheffield Housing Company – a partnership between Keepmoat, Sheffield City Council and Great Places Housing Group which is delivering 2,300 new homes across the city over the next 15 years.

The first phase of the project will involve a total of 305 homes being built. In addition to the 142 homes at Brearley Forge, 116 homes will be built in Norfolk Park and 47 in Shirecliffe.

The aim of the partnership is to take on as many as 200 apprentices across all three proposed schemes and to boost the local economy with labour initiatives and training schemes.

Senior Site Manager for Keepmoat, Steven Spencer said: “The site tour with Action Housing and Support was a huge success and the group really got a lot out of walking round the development and recognising how many different trades are involved in the scheme – it’s not just bricklaying and joinery they can sign up to.

“We are hopeful that many will now see the construction industry as a potential career option and we have provided details should anyone wish to apply for an apprenticeship scheme in future.”  

Action Housing and Support is a registered charity and provider of social housing, delivering quality accommodation and tenancy support services across Yorkshire and the Midlands.

The charity works to enable vulnerable people to establish a home and live responsibly in society by preventing homelessness and helping individuals access suitable accommodation, budget responsibly, reduce their likelihood of reoffending and enter treatment services.

Nicki Pickard, Client Engagement Manager of Action Housing and Support said: “We are very grateful to Keepmoat for organising this event which has benefited a number of our service users interested in working for the construction trade. I’m sure it will give many of them the confidence to apply for apprenticeship schemes with Keepmoat and gain a qualification in their chosen skills base.”


Notes to editors Photo captions:Keepmoat was formed in March 2012 following the merger of Apollo and the Keepmoat Group of companies (Bramall Construction, Keepmoat Homes, Keepmoat Limited, Frank Haslam Milan and Milnerbuild).

Building on the strong legacy of respected individual brands, the merger created a £1bn market leading company with national reach - specialising in community regeneration and housing solutions.

Keepmoat has 22 regional offices and employs around 3,200 people across the UK.

  • Keepmoat provides four core offerings: new build homes; community regeneration; responsive maintenance and sustainability.


For further information, please contact Claire Tinston at IPB Communications on 0161 976 1414 or email





Interview with an Apprentice

James is the first apprentice on the Hope apprenticeship at Derby
to gain full time employment working in Repair and Maintenance
at Action Housing & Support. The other day James came into the
office and gave his thoughts about the scheme.

How did you come to be supported by Action Housing?

‘I came to Action Housing after a relationship breakdown and
when my housing at Active8 came to an end’.

What Difference has the Hope Apprenticeship made to you?

‘I can now change my own future, there is no end of prospects for
me now!’

‘Financially it will be fantastic – I’ll be able to spoil my little lad

‘I will be able to save for a rainy day’.

Has the apprenticeship changed how you feel about yourself?

‘It has made a massive difference to my confidence, I want to get
up in the mornings now and I’m looking forward to my time at
work and I’m raring to go’

What are you looking forward to?

‘Having the money to decorate my own flat and turning it into a

What do you like about the job?

‘I enjoy the work’.

‘I enjoy the travel to different places’.

‘I get along really well with my colleague Nigel’.

What would you say to anyone who is thinking of enrolling for a
Hope Apprenticeship?

‘Do it, it’s enjoyable’.

‘It motivates you’.

‘It changes your life’.