£20m regeneration programme in South Liverpool creates six new apprenticeships
Published by Michelle Bloore for South Liverpool Housing in Housing
A £20 million housing regeneration programme in the Speke and Garston areas of Liverpool has created six new apprenticeships for the local community. South Liverpool Homes (SLH) has worked closely with Fusion 21, Building Skills for the Future and Countryside to create these opportunities where the apprentices will get hands-on experience in the construction trade, including bricklaying and joinery.
Yesterday, the apprentices got to grips with the health and safety aspects of the role before they start on site next week.
Wayne Gales, Executive Director at SLH said: "Providing opportunities for local people to gain work experience through apprenticeships is a high on our agenda and these new apprentices are part of our wider Employment and Training Gateway where we hope to create 60 new apprenticeships over a four year period."
“Working with a national firm such as Countryside will give the apprentices the essential skills they need to enter the construction industry, as well as gaining a recognised qualification.”
The regeneration programme will see over 170 new mix tenure homes being built for affordable rent, shared ownership and for sale in Speke and Garston. The apprentices will be working on the second phase of the programme which will see a further 40 two bedroom homes for affordable rent, 16 homes available to buy on a shared ownership basis and 81 homes for sale by Countryside.
Andrew Dwyer, Construction Director, Countryside, added: “Apprenticeships are not only a valuable means of providing young people with hands-on training but they are also the key to ensuring that we can continue to deliver high quality housing. Upskilling the workforce of tomorrow is a deep-rooted commitment of Countryside and it is heartening to see young talent being nurtured.”
SLH is running a number of initiatives to mark National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (3rd – 7th March). Two of their business apprentices took over the association’s twitter account on Monday, with a celebration lunch planned at the end of the week to give the young people a chance to chat to people who have worked their way up the career ladder.
National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. It is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service.
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