Stoke teenager secures apprenticeship in £60 million programme
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Education
Seddon Sanctuary apprentice Ryan Dooley
A Stoke teenager has helped to kickstart Sanctuary Group’s new £60 million Construction and Training Programme by scooping the very first apprenticeship.
Over 30 new apprenticeships will be created following a ground-breaking partnership between the leading housing and care provider and Seddon Construction to deliver the major new-build housing scheme for the Midlands. The scheme will help to ensure the sustainability of future work and means Seddon has become Sanctuary’s lead contractor for the region.
The project has already seen local lad Ryan Dooley start work as an apprentice joiner on the Mile Court site in Staffordshire.
Ryan, who was unemployed before starting work on the housing programme, was chosen from more than 40 applicants from across the area for the much coveted apprentice joiner role.
He was one of over 1,400 candidates from across the UK who applied for apprenticeships with Seddon this year which marked the company’s 75th anniversary of apprentice training.
Since getting under way with work on Sanctuary’s Mile Court site in September, Ryan has started an NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery. He will then move on to a Level 3 qualification. When the five-home development in Newcastle-under-Lyme is completed just before Christmas, Ryan will continue his three-year apprenticeship with Seddon, working on more of Sanctuary’s sites in the new year.
The 17-year-old is excited about the future: “Being on site is amazing – meeting new people, enjoying the day and learning my trade. The joiners on the Mile Court site are helpful and friendly, we are working on five homes from scratch and I am picking up loads of skills.
“This job with Seddon and on this Sanctuary site has boosted my confidence hugely and has also given me something to look forward to. I am proud of myself for working for this company.”
Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s Head of Development for the Midlands, said: “As a major employer we believe it is important to do our bit to train tomorrow’s workforce and ensure young people have the skills needed to build successful careers.
“The Construction and Training Programme for the Midlands will give a real boost to the local economy – Ryan is the first apprentice to be recruited on this programme which will see many more new apprenticeship opportunities in the Midlands.”
Seddon Construction training and development manager Tony Costello added: “It’s very tough for young people starting out in the world of work today so we’re delighted to have recruited Ryan, the first apprentice to be employed by Seddon through our new-build work for Sanctuary. Delivering job and training opportunities is a key part of our work on Sanctuary’s affordable housing programme. Seddon has a long and well-established training track record – the company is currently celebrating 75 years of apprentice recruitment – and we are committed to doing all we can to help young people build careers.”