Construction deal means boost for apprenticeships
Published by Anonymous for Wolverhampton Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
The new construction deal in Wolverhampton is a boost for local apprentices
A new construction deal worth at least £250m is bringing a welcome double boost to Wolverhampton, with improvements to local homes - and job opportunities for several local apprentices.
Wolverhampton Homes, the company that manages council houses on behalf of the council, has just put pen to paper on a new 15-year deal with construction giants Bullock and Wates Living Space which will see them make improvements to thousands of council houses across the city.
Wolverhampton Homes has already overseen improvements to more than 18,000 council homes and has invested more than £250 million as part of an ambitious plan to bring council houses in the city up to a recognised decent standard.
With just under four thousand more homes to go, the new 15 year deal with Bullock and Wates Living Space means the partnership will be continuing its programme of improvements up until 2028.
As well as improving the city’s housing stock, the new construction deal represents a huge boost to local apprenticeships, with sixteen new apprentices set to be taken on between the two contractors this autumn.
Shaun Aldis, Director of Property Services at Wolverhampton Homes has welcomed the new partnership and the opportunities it brings to the city:
“With the council’s support, we’ve already transformed the homes and lives of thousands of people across the city and this new deal means we can go from strength to strength. Not only will it be a boost for our tenants, it’ll also provide a great opportunity to bring on local apprentices”.
Richard Baker Regional Director from Bullock said:
“With the offering of apprenticeships, training, targeted recruitment and placement schemes we see it as an excellent opportunity to make a real contribution and difference to the local community.”
James Wates, Chairman of the Wates Group added:
"This long-term commitment has all the ingredients of economic sustainability: local apprentices working hand in hand with our people on the ground to deliver improved homes for local residents.”
The new apprenticeships are the latest in a series of successful schemes introduced by Wolverhampton Homes to do its bit to support unemployed people in the city. Since last year, more than 80 of its tenants have been through its double-award winning LEAP Programme through its mix of training and on-the-job work experience.