AS NATIONAL Apprenticeship Week approaches, a housing association is celebrating its trainees.

The Aster Group has more than doubled its intake of apprenticeships in the last year, with 25 new apprentices joining the business in 2018.

With 37 apprentices currently in roles from electricians and carpenters to business administrators and customer services, Aster plans to increase its offering to those looking for an apprenticeship or work experience.

Chloe Blaken is six months into an 18-month apprenticeship with Aster, and said: “I absolutely love the variety of work I’ve been able to do so far.

“I’ve had the opportunity to shadow lots of teams which helps me learn more about the business but also consider future roles I’d be interested in.”

Karin Gibbs-Warne, people and organisational development lead, said: “Our apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn new skills and get some real hands-on experience.

“We’re passionate about developing skills for the future and the apprenticeship scheme gives us the chance to play an active role in moulding our future workforce and developing the talent we need to grow and transform as a business.”