Mayor visits bright spark apprentice
Published by Lewisham Homes for Lewisham Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
Mayor of Lewisham meets Repairs Apprentice Dominic Kirby
18 year old electrical apprentice, Dominic Kirby, welcomed Lewisham Mayor, Sir Steve Bullock to share his working day (Monday 24 February) as a sparky on-site at a council home in Belmont Hill.
Lewisham Homes’ apprenticeships programme provides opportunities for young people to get into work, the organisation is working in partnership with contractors to offer placements for 35 youngsters in a range of vocations.
To mark National Apprentice Week, the Mayor visited Dominic who showed him some of the practical skills he has learnt including testing electrical circuits, re-wiring and fitting new plug sockets. After Dominic and his colleagues finish work at the council-owned property it will be re-let to those in housing need.
The Mayor said: “It was a pleasure to meet Dominic. He’s a hardworking young man who with the help of Lewisham Homes is learning a trade that will provide him with a career for life. Apprenticeships not only provide local employment and training opportunities, but they are also key to making a Lewisham a better place to live. I wish him all the best for the future.”
Dominic, 18, from Honor Oak, said: “I’ve wanted to be an electrician since leaving school and the apprenticeship is helping me become qualified and get paid while learning too. When I’ve finished I would like to go traveling and then hopefully start my own business.”
Lewisham Homes Chair Julia Cotton said: “We’re really pleased to help young local people into work, Dominic is one of 35 apprentices working for us and our Major Works contractors, Breyer and MITIE. While gaining practical on-the-job experience they are also studying off-the-job towards National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). We hope these opportunities get them off to a great start with their careers.”
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Notes to editors
Lewisham Homes manages 18,000 council homes in Lewisham, operates its own repairs and maintenance company and employs more than 450 staff. It is undertaking a major investment programme to improve homes and local communities as well as building new homes in the borough.
The Lewisham Apprenticeship Programme is open to Lewisham residents, aged between 16 and 24 and who have not achieved higher than an NVQ level 3 qualification. To find out more please visit www.lewisham.gov.uk/apprentices