Three French Apprentices Came Exploring
Published by Gareth Holmes for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing
Callum Boyd (Sanctuary Maintenance), Alexis Charlet & Jeremy Albertini (French placements)
Last week three young French apprentices found themselves in the heart of Shiregreen, Sheffield as they took part in an international maintenance apprentice programme, which was organised by Business & Education South Yorkshire (b&e) and supported by many local businesses, including Sanctuary Maintenance.
The project was set up to create two-week onsite placements for maintenance apprentices throughout Europe, with the sole aim of delivering invaluable and transferable learning experiences. The scheme covers a range of different trades from joinery and plumbing through to brickwork and plastering, so that participants are able to make sound decisions about which trades to specialise in.
Alexi Charlet, one of the three French apprentices said, “The last two weeks have been great and have really helped me get extra experience within the maintenance industry.”
The latest placements have proved not only popular with the apprentices but to the organisers and volunteer organisations as well. It was the first year that Sanctuary Maintenance took part in the scheme, and Adrian Cheetham, Sanctuary Maintenance’s Regional Operations Manager said,
“Before the three lads arrived the team were a little nervous as to what to expect, but as soon as the apprentices arrived it became very apparent that they were hard working, enthusiastic and determined to get stuck in.
Everyone really enjoyed the two weeks and our apprentices have already asked when they can get on the scheme too. I would recommend the programme to other trade businesses in the area.”
For the scheme to continue to be a great success, Business & Education South Yorkshire (b&e) work closely with local companies to support the work placement element of the experience.
Joyce Tinker Senior Relationship Manager and Lead manager of EU projects for b&e concludes: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sanctuary Maintenance for their support of the French Apprentices during their 2 week experience, the organisation is new to the European Exchange programme and I hope this will lead to a long term partnership and look forward to work closely to develop exchange opportunities for their Apprentices to experience the same.”