Stoke teenagersoffered training in unique local partnership
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Christian with site manager
As part of a unique partnership between Sanctuary Group, Seddon and Stoke Studio College, two Stoke teenagers are being offered exciting opportunities across a local housing development during the summer holidays.
As part of a £4 million housing project, leading housing and care provider Sanctuary is developing 36 affordable general needs homes in North Shelton and it is on these sites that the construction students will be asked to give up some of their free time to take up work experience placements.
The students will gain valuable work place skills and experience whilst shadowing construction professionals including site managers, site engineers and quantity surveyors on the site.
One of the students to take advantage of this opportunity is Christian Tideswell, 17, who has just completed a BTEC National Diploma in Level 2 Construction. Through his placement, Christian is gaining hands on experience in the construction industry and an insight into working life by shadowing site manager Kevin Davies. Through this experience it is hoped that Christian 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 Stoke Studio College students their first insight into working life and also the experience they need to gain employment at later stages in their career.”
Joining Christian on site is Lee Conlon, 18, who has just finished his BTEC National Diploma in Level 2 Construction. Lee is being supervised by site manager Carl Bradshaw and is hoping to specialise in plastering but is keen to gain any site experience to help further his career. Carl said: “Full credit to Lee for taking this on in his own time. I’ve been mentoring him in health and safety and it has helped to bolster his existing knowledge of the subject. You only gain real experience by working on a site and I’m hoping to give Lee the opportunity to experience many different aspects of work whilst he is with us.”
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 provide a real insight into our industry and allow the learners to make informed choices about their future careers.”
The North Shelton site is being developed in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. - Ends –
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Photo caption: Christian with Site Manager Kevin Davies on the North Shelton site
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.
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