Tooled up for the trade
Published by Jack Williams for Kier Services in Housing
Kier North Tyneside is helping eight joinery apprentices into the world of work by providing them with new drills to aid their training.
Since starting with Kier in May, the eight local lads have been in the training centre with North Tyneside Council, practising their hand skills and sharpening their basic joinery and multi-trade skills. The beginning of September saw them start their 20-month work experience placement with the trade staff of Kier North Tyneside, working on void properties, kitchen replacements and day-to-day repairs.
In addition to the kit provided by North Tyneside Council and as a welcome to the business, Kier North Tyneside provided the apprentices with an electric drill each. On top of the joinery apprenticeship, the apprentices have completed their CSCS cards and asbestos awareness training, as well as a course in customer service excellence.
Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “Apprenticeships give young people a fantastic opportunity to learn practical skills while on the job and earning a wage. We are pleased to be able to help our new apprentices by not only giving them the time and knowledge of our time served staff, but also the tools to do the job.”
For more information about Kier and training opportunities in North Tyneside visit www.kier.co.uk