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Trainees visit new Crook homes


Published by Frances Griss for Dale & Valley Homes in Housing and also in Education

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Trainee joiners fromBishopAucklandCollegehave visited professionals at work on a major Crook housing scheme.

The 15 youngsters all began their training in September and had the chance to see what life was like on a large and busy building site at the newly re-named Park Avenue Court.

Staff from Dale & Valley Homes, which will manage the homes, and constructors FHM, showed the trainees around the site, where work is pressing ahead for the first residents to move in this December.

Experts explained construction techniques, materials and the way different trades work together on the building.

Amy Hamilton, project manager for Dale & Valley Homes said: “We have worked closely with the college for many years and this is just another way the partnership can help people inWearValley.

“This building is packed with energy-saving designs and adaptations to the elderly and disabled.

“Seeing it at this critical stage of construction, when so many trades are on site and the individual apartments are really taking shape, is a great opportunity for these young people just starting out on there careers.”

Lorraine O’Neil, who co-ordinates educational visits for FHM, added: “The future of our industry depends on ensuring the next generation can gain the skills and experience they need to succeed.

“We were delighted to welcome the young people onsite and give them some real-life experience of the construction industry.

“We hope that seeing professionals at work will help inspire them once they are back the classroom.”

Jason Howe, a lecturer at the college added: “It can be tough for the trainees to find apprenticeships in this economic climate. Any experience of a real site is a valuable addition to their work at college and can only help them in their careers.”


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