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Sanctuary celebrates National Apprenticeship Week with new apprenticeships at its Walthamstow development

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Apprentices Daniel Geraghty and Joseph Williams-Torres at the Building Crafts College in Stratford Apprentices Daniel Geraghty and Joseph Williams-Torres at the Building Crafts College in Stratford

News release

Monday 3 March, 2014

 Sanctuary celebrates National Apprenticeship Week with new apprenticeships at its Walthamstow development

Having long recognised the positive impact that apprenticeships have for the individual apprentice, the organisation employing them and the wider industry, Sanctuary Group will once again be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, taking place from 3 – 7 March this year.

Sanctuary is supporting more than 600 apprentice placements through its development programme across the UK, each apprenticeship offering a first step towards a career in construction for the young apprentice while at the same time, ensuring that the building industry has the range of trained people it needs in the future.

An excellent example of this is the partnership between Sanctuary Group and its contractor Ardmore Construction in London, which will see the creation of nine new apprenticeships at Sanctuary’s site in Walthamstow.

And two of these new apprentices will be taking up their new roles during National Apprenticeship Week.

These are Daniel Geraghty, 17, from Islington, and Joseph Williams-Torres, 16, from Walthamstow, who will both be doing an 18-month apprenticeship to train as construction operatives. This will involve block release training on the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) course at the Building Crafts College in Stratford.

Employed by Ardmore Construction, the pair will gain their practical experience on site at Sanctuary’s Fulbourne Road development, where the leading housing and care provider is building 102 affordable new homes in a £20m project part-funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Janet Mussington, Sanctuary’s head of development for London, said: “We are committed to providing training and employment opportunities as we build new homes in London, and we are delighted to be able to announce that two new apprentices are starting work during National Apprenticeship Week, with a further seven due to start later in the year.

“Our partnership with Ardmore is good news for London, as in addition to these apprenticeships, several work placements have been offered through the Women into Construction programme, and we have also linked up with Frederick Bremer School to offer a number of workshops and site visits.”

Eillish Kwai, Employment and Skills Manager at Ardmore Construction, added: “Ardmore share’s Sanctuary’s commitment to do more for the communities we work in and these new apprenticeships are testament to this.

“Daniel and Joseph are due on site for the first time during National Apprenticeship Week and we are looking to offer seven additional apprenticeships in carpentry, electrical and plumbing in the summer.”

Several potential apprentices have recently completed a pre-apprentice course organised by Ardmore and Sanctuary in conjunction with The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London where they achieved City & Guilds Construction Certificates and their CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards, essential for working on a construction site.

In addition to these new apprenticeships in Walthamstow, Sanctuary has organised a whole range of activities across the UK to mark National Apprenticeship Week, including a postcard campaign featuring Chantelle Wrightson, a young apprentice from North Yorkshire.

The postcard highlights the many benefits of apprenticeships, thanks Sanctuary’s partners for their support and also launches a new website – www.sanctuary-delivering-more.co.uk – where there is more information on Chantelle’s story and others Sanctuary has helped into employment through its development programme.

The Fulbourne Road development, due to complete in February 2015, forms part of Sanctuary’s London Affordable Homes Programme, which will see the Group work with the GLA to deliver 467 homes across five London boroughs (Barnet, Hackney, Haringey, Newham and Waltham Cross).

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