Housing bosses in the city are celebrating this week after a member of staff walked away with a top national award.

Oliver Herrmann, 27, from Codsall, works for Wolverhampton Homes - the organisation which manages more than 23,000 council homes in the city on behalf of the city council.

Earlier this week, Oliver was named Young Professional of The Year at the 2015 Housing Heroes Awards, which were presented by Lord Sugar’s right-hand man from the TV show The Apprentice, Nick Hewer.

Oliver beat off competition from across the country to land the coveted title after judges praised the work he’d done to help council tenants in the  city get work experience and apprenticeships through the organisation’s LEAP scheme.

More than 560 council tenants have now received support through the LEAP programme with more than 75 going on to obtain apprenticeships and 65 going on to get permanent work.

Oliver, who used to attend Thomas Telford School and has a Masters from the University of Wolverhampton said:

“It’s a massive honour to have won this award. I really wasn’t expecting it and I’m just really proud that I’ve been able to play my part in helping Wolverhampton Homes to support so many council tenants through the LEAP programme”.

Lesley Roberts, Chief Executive at Wolverhampton Homes added:

“It’s such a wonderful achievement for Oliver. The work he’s done to help get more tenants back into work has been fantastic and we think he’s got an exceptionally bright future ahead of him”.

Council tenant Michelle Sawyer from Bilston, who graduated from the LEAP programme was named as a runner-up in the Career Development category and Wolverhampton Homes’ skills trainer, Robin Bate came runner-up in the Mentor Of The Year category.

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