Why work for us?
Thank you for your interest in working for Unitas Stoke on Trent Ltd.
Unitas is fast becoming a lead innovator in the housing maintenance sector. We currently maintain around 17,500 homes and 600 public buildings on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Employing around 450 staff, we are a significant local employer in Stoke-on-Trent.
We strive to recruit people who can make a difference and who think innovatively whilst maintaining our values.
See our latest job vacancies below!
Business Development Manager
Full time, Permanent
£37,890 – £40,876
04 February 2021
Work placements & apprenticeships
Investing in your future
Unitas recognises the important role work experience can play in supporting the future workforce of the business.
Work experience provides an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic and talented individuals to use their skills and knowledge to carry out a work placement within Unitas and applicants will gain valuable experience working in various departments within the company and will have the chance to apply their academic knowledge within an applied setting. This opportunity will also aim to accelerate their studies, give practical experience in the workplace and increase employability on completion of their studies.
All apprenticeship vacancies are advertised in the job vacancies section above
Since Unitas began in February 2018, we have taken on 22 apprentices. All of whom are still working for us. Some are working towards further qualifications in more specialised subjects such as Safety Health & Environment.
All of our apprentices are required to achieve full qualifications during their training period, including NVQ and other relevant certificates and skills.
Our apprenticeships include workplace experience as well as training and assessments, which take place on a college day.
We currently employ apprentices in:
Plumbing, Joinery, Plastering, Electrician, Painting and decorating, Accountancy,
Business Administration and Safety Health & Environment.
Construction apprentices are involved in our:
Investment works programme, Voids, Adaptations, Responsive repairs and Community & CSR projects.
The Tracy Chattin Apprentice of the Year Award
In late 2019, The Tracy Chattin Apprentice of the Year Award was created.
This award recognises an apprentice who has made an exceptional contribution and commitment to Unitas and stands out from their peers and was named in memory of Tracy, our first Corporate Social Responsibility Co-ordinator, who played an integral role in the apprenticeship scheme and was extremely passionate about our commitment to the community.
The award is open to Unitas apprentices (Years 1 – 4).
Our current apprentices of the year are:
Gas Engineer Apprentice
Business Administration Apprentice
Amy and Mitchell were nominated for their great focus, motivation and warmth that they bring to the job.
Our apprentice experience
Business apprentice Amy Rawlingson kickstarts her career with Unitas Stoke-on-Trent
Business apprentice Amy Rawlingson was looking for a well-known company to develop her practical work experience – and she’s glad she chose Unitas Stoke-on-Trent Ltd.
The 18-year-old from Milton is currently taking an NVQ Diploma in Business Administration Level 2 and started her apprenticeship in October 2018. She had attended Sixth Form College studying photography and graphic design and heard about the apprenticeship from a family friend. She said: “I wanted to join a well-known company to start a career. Within Unitas there are many different departments, in which I can gain a range of skills.”
Amy’s main duties involve providing administrative support; ensuring that an effective, efficient and customer-focused service is delivered using a variety of IT packages. She mans the phone and responds to electronic and face-to-face enquiries.
She added: “I undertake general clerical and administrative duties including typing, data entry, minute taking, photocopying, scanning documents, processing invoices, arranging internal and external meetings and booking rooms using the electronic diary.”
“I carry out reception duties, which include meeting and greeting customers and visitors, ensuring all visitors are signed in and adhering to health and safety regulations.”
As well as increasing her confidence in numerous IT packages such as Microsoft Word and Excel, Amy has developed her communication skills.
She said: “I have been able to gain a good understanding of the excellent work being done at Unitas and I have developed good communication skills and a more in-depth understanding of what makes good customer service.”
Despite being a little uncertain at first about having the confidence to deal with customers and communicate face-to-face with Unitas tenants, this is now Amy’s favourite thing about her role.
She said: “I am currently looking for more opportunities coming up within Unitas, as I would like to stay and continue to work for this great company.
“If anyone is unsure about taking an apprenticeship I would say take a leap of faith and do it.”
Safety apprentice Katie Ford gains valuable experience away from her desk with Unitas Stoke-on-Trent
Katie Ford has gained valuable experience, a wage and a job which enables her to work away from her desk, thanks to an apprenticeship with Unitas.
She began her role be taking an NVQ Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship in the first year and has been doing an NVQ Level 3 Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Apprenticeship over the last six months.
She said: “My favourite thing about working at Unitas is how friendly all the staff are and how well everyone gets along with each other. If I am ever struggling with my work, I always feel comfortable to ask for help and support.”
Katie, from Burslem, wanted to gain the right knowledge from experienced staff to develop job-specific skills, and by doing an apprenticeship she was able to earn a wage at the same time.
“I was attracted to Unitas as an employer because the apprenticeship scheme is locally based, serving public sector community needs and providing exciting challenges within a progressive environment.
“What I enjoy the most about my apprenticeship is that 50% of the time I am out of the office doing inspections on planned sites and void properties, which I find really interesting, and this means that some days I’m not working at my computer all day.”
The 17-year-old Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) apprentice has been at the Stoke-on-Trent council housing maintenance and repairs company for a year and a half.
Katie has learned how to carry out health and safety inspections, write corresponding reports, develop toolbox talks and she has attended many health and safety training courses. She has been involved in health and safety groups, such as environmental and wellbeing groups, and has developed various health and safety posters and educational notices.
She added: “What I enjoy the most about my apprenticeship is carrying out health and safety inspections; this is because I like to see what the workers are doing and I feel as though every time I go on a site inspection I learn something new. I’m getting used to what we have to look out for, e.g. PPE, documentation and site welfare.”
By doing her Business Administration apprenticeship first, she experienced a couple of weeks working with the health and safety team and went on site inspections, so she had a good idea of what work to expect before starting her SHE apprenticeship.
“My biggest achievement so far during my SHE apprenticeship is taking lead on an APR site inspection and typing up the APR report afterwards,” said Katie. “I was able to do this by shadowing the SHE advisors and watching how they carry out site inspections beforehand.”