Success for Housing trainee

Archived news: published on Friday 23 Aug 2019 by Fife Council

Katie (middle) with Head of Housing John Mills and Cllr Judy Hamilton

Katie (middle) with Head of Housing John Mills and Cllr Judy Hamilton

KATIE Pentland is celebrating success with Fife Council after completing a traineeship with the organisation's Housing service.

Now Katie, from Freuchie has gained full-time employment with the council working as a Housing Professional specialising in fuel poverty - a role she's really enjoying.

Her journey started following the successful completion of her degree in Politics and International Relations at Aberdeen University. She was attracted to the Housing Professional Trainee post with Fife Council as she was looking to complete a post graduate degree that combined her studies with strategic and operational experience in Housing.

Katie started her traineeship in August 2017 and was given the opportunity to work in a range of different functions within Housing. She enjoyed the varied opportunities this gave her and the fact that she was given different responsibilities throughout the training which made her feel she was contributing to the work of the Housing Service.

Katie feels the traineeship offered huge benefits for her to progress her career in a Housing environment. She built up her skills and knowledge of the service giving her the confidence and skills to apply for a permanent position.

“My traineeship with Fife Council was a great experience that not only presented me with training opportunities, but most importantly it provided me with responsibility for projects and tasks," she said.

"My colleagues and managers have provided so much support and I have gained a variety of skills and experience that will continue to be invaluable to my career progression in the future. I was also offered the opportunity to complete my Masters in Housing Studies following my Post Graduate Degree which highlights how keen the service is to develop the skills of Fife Council employees. I would highly recommend starting your career in a traineeship with Fife Council.”

Head of the council's Housing Service John Mills added: "Congratulations to Katie whose hard work has certainly paid off. We are delighted to have her on board and are working to create more opportunities for young people to work here through our new Housing Training Academy which will launch later this year."

Convener of the council's Community and Housing Service Committee Cllr Judy Hamilton commented: "I am very happy to congratulate Katie on her achievement. Katie demonstrates that young people will take opportunities and make the most of them, and I wish her every success in her new career.  The council invests heavily in our Apprenticeships and Trainee Programmes, providing these opportunities for people – and to reinforce our commitment to jobs and a skilled workforce of the future.”

For more information about opportunities for modern apprenticeships and traineeships with Fife Council check out 



John Mills, Head of Housing Services 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 48 02 69 Contact John Mills online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ

Judy Hamilton, Councillor 
Tel: 01592 26 65 17 Contact Judy Hamilton online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT
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