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Work experience turns into full time employment for local youngster

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Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Education

Danny Turner working on site at the St Just development Danny Turner working on site at the St Just development

News release

5 February 2014

 Work experience turns into full time employment for local youngster

Hard work and determination has paid off for a local teenager who has gained full time employment as part of an exciting housing project by Sanctuary Group to provide more affordable homes in St Just.

The leading housing and care provider is developing a mixture of one, two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom bungalows, all for rent in St Just. As part of the partnership between Sanctuary and contractor Kier Living a number of training opportunities have been provided for young people on-site, including a two week work experience placement for Danny Turner.

Danny is from the village of St Just and attended Cape Cornwall School and Cornwall College. Previously unemployed, he was determined to find paid full time employment and so attended an open event hosted by the St Just Community Employment project, a partnership scheme between Cornwall College - The Work Skills Training Academy, Job Centre Plus and local employers and voluntary organisations. It was here that Danny was made aware of the opportunities on the Sanctuary site, via a meeting Kier Living attended.

During his first week Danny worked alongside Site Manager Colin Postlethwaite to gain an overview of the different trades including health and safety, problem solving, communication and team work. His second week involved working with ground workers MJL who, so impressed with Danny’s hard work and enthusiasm, offered him full time employment.

Through this experience Danny has learnt a multitude of valuable construction and work place skills, and his learning will continue in the position as a ground worker.

Neil Clements, Sanctuary’s development manager for Cornwall, said: “We are committed to creating new job and training opportunities at all our developments across the country and this site is no different. We are extremely pleased to be offering Danny a placement on the St Just site to provide him with the opportunity he needs to kick start a career in the building trade.”      

John Titcombe, Kier Living’s Director said: “Kier has a long-term commitment to boosting employment in the construction industry and is proud to be working alongside other organisations to get local people into paid work, which in turn will offer them lifelong skills. We are delighted Danny is now in full time employment and wish him all the best in his new and exciting role.”

The £3.4 million St Just development is part funded by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency and is expected to be completed early 2014.

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