This year Scottish Apprenticeship Week celebrates the diversity that makes work-based learning good for individuals, employers and the economy. Over the past 4 years, Partick Housing Association has participated in apprenticeship programmes, creating successful careers for their Modern Apprentices. Our apprenticeship schemes has given young people the opportunity to develop new skills and an introduction to the housing sector.
Our Business Administration Modern Apprenticeships are two year courses that combine class based learning with practical experience. In year one, the Modern Apprentices support all areas of our business including Housing, Maintenance, Factoring, Finance, Corporate Services, Development, Community Projects, and IT. During the second year, there is the option to specialise in one or two of these areas. The rotation between the different areas of business provides the Modern Apprentices exposure to various roles and also assists each department with additional support.
Due to the success of our previous apprenticeship schemes, PHA employed two Modern Apprentices in October 2019. They have shared their experience since joining the business:
Lachlan Brady – Modern Apprentice
‘My Modern Apprenticeship has helped me gain a better understanding of how a business operates. During my apprenticeship I have learnt about customer service and how to develop your work skills. I hope this apprenticeship is the first step for me in a rewarding career. The experience gained in my apprenticeship has helped me work away at my business administration course.’
Leah Paterson – Modern Apprentice
‘Becoming a Modern Apprentice at Partick Housing Association has allowed me to develop new skills and also further develop my current skills. During my time here so far, I have been able to learn all about Partick Housing and how every department within PHA makes the organisation run smoothly and successfully. As a Modern Apprentice I am able to learn on the job and also experience every department within the organisation. During the short period I have been here I feel like my confidence has definitely grown and this is due to dealing with members of the local community on a daily basis. Another thing which is great about being a Modern Apprentice is that during the course of my apprenticeship I complete units for my SVQ and at the end of my apprenticeship I will have a qualification to show for this.’
Lachlan and Leah have already gained the confidence and skills they require to successfully succeed in their apprenticeships. They are both recognised as valuable members of the PHA team and have had a positive impact on the business.
This year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week runs from 2 – 6 March 2020. You can find out more about Scottish Apprenticeships at www.apprenticeships.scot/scotappweek
It is with great sadness that the Board and staff of Partick Housing Association announce the death of Board member, Margaret Burke. Margaret passed away peacefully on Tuesday 5 November after a short illness.
A committee and Board member of PHA since 2001, she helped the organisation develop from its roots in protecting historic tenements, to its current status as a developer of innovative new-build schemes.
A tireless volunteer, Margaret also chaired the Partick United Residents Group for more than a decade, was a member of the Partick Community Council, a director (and former chair) of the Friends of Mansfield Park and an Executive Director of the Tenants Information Service.
Margaret became a Partick Housing Association tenant in 1999. She was so grateful for her new first-floor flat that she quickly threw herself into supporting the Association’s work with the local community. Claiming that she initially got involved simply because she was “nosey”, Margaret quickly became a prominent part of the Association’s governance, character and local presence.
Our sympathies go out to Margaret’s family and friends.
Partick Time Capsule
Partick Housing Association is well underway building 60 new affordable homes on the site of the former St Peter’s Primary School.
The school closed its doors in 2013, when it merged with nearby Notre Dame Primary School, and for over 100 years was an important institution in Partick that shaped the lives of many local people.
Ex-pupils, teachers and staff from the former St Peter’s Primary School have gathered in Partick to bury a Time Capsule containing lots of photos, information and artefacts from the old school.
St Peter’s last Head Teacher, Sadie Traynor said: “This wonderful school provided continuous education for generations of families living in Partick. It was not just an educational establishment, but the centre of life in the Partick community.
Everyone in Partick knew that there was always a warm welcome in St Peter’s Primary. Our social events were always well attended, whether or not you had children at the school and our roof garden was a claim to fame as we were the only school in Glasgow to have one. Robert Laurenson, our janitor, was a legend, shoveling coal daily into the coal fired boiler”.
Stewart MacKenzie, Partick Housing Association’s Chief Executive, added: “It’s been great to hear such fond memories about St Peter’s Primary School. We look forward to enriching the lives of people in Partick through providing new affordable homes that meet local housing needs, which are scheduled for completion in summer 2019”.
The recent devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London, has brought the issue of fire safety firmly into the focus of all social Landlords.
As your Landlord, PHA would like to assure our customers that we take all Health & Safety matters very seriously and adhere to all current regulations.
The recent events have however prompted us to review our own fire safety management procedures for our buildings.
Staff have been carrying out inspections of all our closes. While carrying out these inspections, we have noticed that there are items throughout the common areas which should not be there. These include but are not limited to, bikes, plant-pots, prams, gym equipment and various other items. These present a health and safety risk, specifically in terms of safe evacuation from the building.
You must therefore ensure all items are removed from common areas immediately. This includes items placed on window-sills. We will continue to carry out inspections of these areas and expect your full co-operation.
We’ve also engaged with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who work closely with us to ensure the safety of all our tenants. Further safety information relating to high rise premises has been updated on their website and can be found at –
We take this opportunity to remind our customers that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service offer a free Home Fire Safety Visits where firefighters will provide safety advice and guidance on what to do in the event of an emergency.
To book a free home fire safety visit call 0800 0731 999, text ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or visit
www.firescotland.gov.uk where further information on how to stay safe can be found.
Partick Housing Association would like your views on potential changes to how we structure your rent. Your feedback is an important part of our decision-making process, so please take a few moments to read the following information before having your say.
How do we structure rent?
Our current system is complicated and means that tenants in similar properties can be charged different rents.
PHA would like to make our rent system simpler, easier to understand and above all, fairer to tenants.
What happens next?
All tenants are invited to come along to our open information session at the PHA office on:
Tuesday 4 July from 12pm-1pm or 6pm-7pm
You can also email comments to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for your feedback is Saturday 22 July 2017.
We will consider responses and comments before finalising changes to our new rent structure.