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Unique local partnership to offer training to Telford teenagers


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Unique local partnership to offer training to Telford teenagers Unique local partnership to offer training to Telford teenagers

News release

29 July 2013

 Unique local partnership to offer training to Telford teenagers

As part of a unique partnership between Sanctuary Group, Seddon and Madeley Academy, Telford teenagers are being offered exciting opportunities across a number of local housing developments.

As part of a £13 million project, Sanctuary is developing 86 extra care apartments for the over 55s which will sit next to 12 apartments specifically designed for people with learning difficulties. The homes at the Telford Millennium Community site also include a mixture of new build houses. It is across these sites in Ketley that a substantial 40 students from Madeley Academy will be offered work experience placements.

The students will gain valuable work place skills and experience whilst shadowing tradesmen including site managers, site engineers and quantity surveyors.

The first student to take advantage of this exciting opportunity is Ewan Fall, 17, who is currently studying a BTEC National Diploma in Level 3 Construction. During his placement, Ewan has gained hands on experience in the construction industry and an insight into working life by shadowing quantity surveyor Darren Hull and site manager Ian Davenport. Through this experience it is hoped that Ewan will continue his learning and development within the construction industry which, long term will lead to paid employment.

Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands said: “We are committed to creating training opportunities at all our developments across the country. This unique partnership will give Madeley Academy students their first insight into working life and also the experience they need to gain employment at later stages in their career.”

Lady Maria Satchwell, Head teacher of Madeley Academy said: “Sanctuary Group, Seddon and Madeley Academy have made a commitment to work together to enrich students’ education by helping them develop their understanding of the world of work. The aims of the partnership are to develop the employability skills of Madeley Academy students and to bring the curriculum to life by showing how subjects are applied and valued in the workplace.”

In addition to the work placements, six new apprenticeship posts will be created for local people and a number of apprentices already working on the Sanctuary site will be given the chance to continue their training with Seddon.

Tony Costello, Seddon’s Training and Development Manager said: “Seddon are passionate about encouraging young people to enter the industry and are always looking for new ways to promote career opportunities in construction. Work experience placements and apprenticeships provide a real insight into our industry and allow the learners to make informed choices about their future careers.”

The Ketley Park Road site is part funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and is being developed in partnership with Telford and Wrekin Council.

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Notes to editors:

Photo caption: Work experience student Ewan Fall on site in Ketley with (from left to right) quantity surveyor Darren Hull and site manager Ian Davenport.

Established in 1969, Sanctuary Group is responsible for the provision of social housing, care and management services across England and Scotland. It owns or operates almost 94,000 units of accommodation and employs nearly 10,000 people.

The Group operates under a not for profit umbrella, with surpluses reinvested into the provision of affordable housing, the maintenance of existing properties, and the development of new services for customers.

Sanctuary is an Industrial and Provident Society, an exempt charity under the Charities Act 1993 and is regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency.

For more information, please contact Sophia Wolsey, PR & Events Coordinator - development on 01905 335318, or Julie Wedgbury, PR Officer – development on 01905 334693.




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