Budding ‘brickies’ required! Young apprentices to work on the award winning regeneration project
Published by Anonymous for Circle in Housing and also in Communities
A leading affordable housing organisation is hoping to unearth a handful of budding ‘brickies’ to work on an award winning regeneration project in London.
Circle Housing Group is recruiting six new apprentices to help with the ongoing redevelopment at Orchard Village, Rainham, as part of its commitment to getting young people into work.
Mark Whitford, 21, is already an apprentice on the scheme and has recently been shortlisted for the national Young Builder of the Year award. He was bullied when he was growing up for being poor and was a part time carer for his mother when he was studying for GCSEs.
Mark said: “The barriers I have overcome in my life have only made me more determined to make a better life for my family and I hope that this apprenticeship sets me on the road to achieving that.
“I bring money home by doing what I enjoy most which is building new homes for people. This is my first ever job and I’m really grateful for the opportunity - to be honest, it really has turned my life around.”
Circle has this year helped 19 young people like Mark to find apprenticeships and runs a number of initiatives in London aimed at getting young people into work, including the Construction Training Centre in Old Ford and Merton Training and Employment Centre (MTEC) in Morden.
Monica Majumder, Circle Housing Group’s Community Development Partnership Manager, said: “Mark is an inspiration to other young people and has showed that with dedication and hard work it is possible to overcome hurdles and be successful.
"We are now throwing the net out to other young people who want to follow in Mark’s footsteps as we continue to help to regenerate a community.”
Orchard Village was recently listed in “the top 50 affordable housing developments” by Inside Housing Magazine and was highlighted as one of the country’s top five housing developments by the planning minister, Nick Boles.
The £80m redevelopment began in 2008 and has already seen 299 new homes built and 19 properties renovated. The project will see most of the existing properties – including six tower blocks – demolished and replaced with modern, high quality low-rise homes. A total of 555 new homes will be built to re-house existing tenants when all four phases of the project are completed in 2016.
Circle works closely with the contractor Willmott Dixon and Rainham Construction College to ensure apprentices receive the right level of support, training and guidance. Young people in Havering, aged 19 – 25, wishing to apply for an apprenticeship can do so by contacting Community Development Team at Circle Housing in Old Ford on 020 3583 1603.