Barnsley Apprentices Secure Their Future
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Education and also in Housing
Kier apprentices in Barnsley
Barnsley’s Property Repairs and Improvement Partnership (BPRIP) is pleased to announce it has recently taken on eight new apprentices.
The partnership between Barnsley Council, Berneslai Homes and Kier was set up in 2010 to provide repair and maintenance services to council properties in the borough. The new apprentices are a mix of local young people and adult trainees and include painters, bricklayers, roofers, electricians and office based staff.
After a rigorous selection process the apprentices were enrolled onto the scheme and will have the chance to gain on site experience alongside a fully qualified mentor whilst receiving formal training at college.
With youth unemployment projected its worst outlook in 20 years and an estimated one in five young people age 16-25 unable to get work, the apprenticeships provided through the BPRIP provide a responsible solution to those affected. The scheme offers valuable work experience, mentoring, training and qualifications as well as contributing to the local economy by developing talent for the future.
Berneslai Homes Director of Assets, Regeneration and Construction Stephen Davis said: “We are delighted that we have been able to provide a step on the career ladder for these local people. It is an essential part of the contract that we support apprentices and show our commitment to the sustainable future of the industry in Barnsley.”
Kier senior operations director, Phil Oades, added: “Delivering on our promises for education, training and employment impacts throughout the borough, supporting young people as well as adults, Kier remains committed to making a positive contribution to local economic well-being.”