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Building on family tradition during National Apprenticeship Week

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Published by Claire Tinston for IPB Communications in Housing and also in Communities

Ben Elcock becomes the third generation of his family to build a career in construction during national apprentice week. Ben Elcock becomes the third generation of his family to build a career in construction during national apprentice week.

DURING National Apprenticeship Week, Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) has demonstrated its commitment to boosting training and employment opportunities for young people.

Reflecting the ethos of the week-long event (6th -10th February), FHM, a Doncaster-based regeneration specialist, has helped a trainee bricklayer become the third generation of his family to enter a career in building.

Run by the National Apprenticeship Service, the theme of this year’s event is ‘Get with Apprenticeships’ - which aims to showcase the talents, skills and commitment of apprentices and their employers.

FHM appointed 17-year-old Ben Elcock, who lives in Clifton, on a new housing scheme in Huntington for client Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT).

The opportunity has allowed Ben to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps by building a career in the trades. Ben’s father Benny was a Painter and Decorator and his grandfather Andrew was a Plasterer.

Ben, who is in the final year of a Level 2 Diploma in Brickwork at YorkCollege, has enjoyed working on the scheme, which is delivering highly environmentally-friendly homes. The 13 properties will be built to Level 5 of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes.

Ben said: “Making a career in the trades is obviously something that runs in the family. It’s putting me in good stead for my career in construction.  Long-term I see myself laying the foundations for lots and lots of new houses.” 

Ben is already showing signs of quality workmanship. He came first in a bricklaying competition at his college and third in an inter college competition held in Calderdale. He’s also being considered by his college to take part in the prestigious Skills Build competition later in the year.

Most recently Ben was awarded the National Federation of Builders (BEC) Shield for Outstanding Achievement on a Level 1 full-time Diploma.

In the last 12 months, FHM has supported more than 50 young people through training and apprenticeships.

Paul Senior, FHM Contracts Director, said: “We are committed to creating training opportunities and solid career prospects for young people who want to enter the construction industry. National Apprenticeship Week helps celebrate this important route into work for young people. Through training and apprenticeships, we believe we are continuing to nurture the talents of tomorrow’s generations of trades people.”

FHM is part of the Keepmoat Group, a highly successful community regeneration organisation.

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