Mother returns to work with housing association apprenticeship

One of the newest members of L&Q housing association’s team in Sidcup is celebrating the career development an apprenticeship has given her and wants to raise awareness about the benefits an apprenticeship can offer.

Daisy Donohoe, 28, has been an apprentice learning and development administrator on the L&Q apprenticeships programme for seven months.

Last year she was looking to get back into work after taking four years out to bring up her two children. She was concerned her career gap might make it difficult and so looked into apprenticeships.

Daisy hasn’t looked back since and today is based at L&Q’s head office, Cray House in Foots Cray near Sidcup, where more than 800 staff are employed.

Since the L&Q Apprenticeships scheme started in 2013 it has created 50 in-house apprenticeships directly as well as overseeing 67 apprentices being recruited through its contractors—though these are not exclusively for L&Q residents.

L&Q Apprenticeships are available exclusively to residents living in L&Q managed homes, of which there are 5,600 in the London Borough of Bexley.

Daisy Donohoe, L&Q’s Apprentice Learning & Development Administrator, said: “My apprenticeship has helped me to get the skills I needed and get back into employment after having my two children. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone. It’s a great way to earn while you improve your qualifications in a line of work you enjoy.”

Matthew Corbett, L&Q’s Head of Community Investment, said: “Some of our top staff started their careers with an apprenticeship and are proof that with hard work and dedication an apprenticeship can take you anywhere. Apprenticeships allowing local businesses and charitable organisations like ours to invest in the communities and residents we serve and promoting social mobility.”