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National Apprenticeship Week 2014: Celebrating the creation of eight apprenticeships in Cornwall

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National Apprenticeship Week 2014: Celebrating the creation of eight apprenticeships in Cornwall

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Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Environment

Apprentices at work at Frame UK producing timber roofing for Sanctuary’s developments in Cornwall. Apprentices at work at Frame UK producing timber roofing for Sanctuary’s developments in Cornwall.

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 Group is supporting more than 600 apprenticeships 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.

The eight apprentices, working on three of Sanctuary Group’s housing developments across Cornwall, are a perfect example of this.

In partnership with contractor Kier Living, the apprentices are being employed by sub-contractor Frame UK to produce timber frames specifically for houses being built at Farrow Fordh and Polvalley Parc in Roche and Victoria Gardens in Camelford. Working at Frame UK, Redruth, the apprentices are earning a wage and working alongside experienced staff to gain construction specific skills as well as receiving training towards a nationally recognised qualification. 

Mike Santon, Sanctuary Group’s head of development for the South West said: “The apprentices currently working at Frame UK producing timber frames for the Sanctuary Group developments across Cornwall are gaining invaluable experience to complement their college studies.

“Apprenticeships like this offer a great way of learning a trade in the construction industry for these youngsters, and we are pleased to be celebrating their achievements during this year’s National Apprenticeship Week.”

Rob Pepper-Smith, Frame UK’s Finance Director UK said: “Many of today’s construction specialists started off their careers with some sort of apprenticeship, and we understand the value of investing in the future in this way. Frame UK is delighted to be offering apprentices a structured programme to help them gain the skills they need.”

In addition to the new apprenticeships in Cornwall, Sanctuary Group 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 Group has helped into employment through its development programme.

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