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Laying the foundations for new apprenticeships

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Published by Hazel Rycroft for IPB Communications in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government

left to right - John Jones (father), Salford Mayor Ian Stewart, Ian McDonald – Building Services Manager for Keepmoat, Kathleen Jones and apprentice plumber John Jones. left to right - John Jones (father), Salford Mayor Ian Stewart, Ian McDonald – Building Services Manager for Keepmoat, Kathleen Jones and apprentice plumber John Jones.

PENDLETON Together has used National Apprenticeship Week (March 3-7) to lay the foundations for apprenticeship opportunities for young people in Salford with its network of sub-contractors.

The consortium behind Pendleton Together has called on its sub-contractors to support them in their commitment to create apprenticeships and inspire young people to think about a career in housing and construction.

Pendleton Together, which will see £650 million invested in the regeneration of Pendleton, aims to create 56 apprenticeships in its first year of operation.

Pendleton Together’s network of sub-contractors were invited to the “Apprenticeships Together for Pendleton” event this week (Thursday 7 March), which showcased the difference an apprenticeship can make to a young person’s life, gave tips and advice to employers interested in taking on apprentices and explained the funding and training available.

Tom Miskell, Chief Executive of consortium partner Together Housing, said: “We have made a commitment to support and inspire young people in our local community and ensure that they benefit from the apprenticeship opportunities we create.

“Since the full regeneration work got underway in September last year we have 13 apprentices in employment and nine about to start, this number is set to increase in the coming months. We are delighted that following today’s event a further 10 apprenticeships have been committed to by Pendleton Together’s sub-contractors further helping us towards our target.

“With high levels of youth unemployment we want to be able to create sustainable training and job opportunities for young people in Salford that will also address the skills shortage currently faced by the construction industry.”

The event was supported by Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart, who has launched the Salford City Mayor’s Charter for Employment Standards, which is designed to help raise employment standards for employees and businesses across the city.

Pendleton Together is supporting the new charter and is working with the council to promote social inclusion, drive economic growth and raise living standards in Salford. At Thursday’s event Pendleton Together’s sub-contractors signed up to the Mayor’s Charter.

Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart said: “This project is already making a real difference to local residents in Pendleton.

“Our young people are getting new opportunities to learn skills, progress in their careers, and make a positive impact on their area.”

The event was hosted by Salford City College, Pendleton Together’s preferred training partner.

The Pendleton Together consortium, which is delivering the regeneration project, is made up of social landlord Together Housing Group and building and regeneration specialist Keepmoat. Pendleton Together is working in partnership with Salford City Council.

The regeneration of Pendleton is not just about improving communities and providing better homes – the employment and training opportunities available over the coming years are a significant part of the lasting legacy the project hopes to create for the area.

Salford lad builds a brighter future with Pendleton Together

Pendleton Together is proud to shout about the difference it is making to young people’s lives through the creation of sustainable job and training opportunities. Here is an example of how Pendleton Together has made a dream come true for one Salford lad.

Apprentice plumber is making his family proud

An apprentice plumber has tapped into the training and employment opportunities available with Pendleton Together and is fulfilling his father’s wish of learning a trade.

John Jones, 17, was recently appointed as an apprentice plumber with Keepmoat and is working on Pendleton One - a development of new build homes in the Amersham area of Pendleton – which is part of the overall regeneration.

From a family of tradesmen, it was John’s ambition to become a plumber. However, he was really worried that he was not going to be able to find a job, until he heard about the apprenticeship opportunity through Salford City College – Pendleton Together’s preferred training partner.

John said: “When I got the phone call to tell me I had the job I was speechless. I didn’t think I was going to be offered it. It is such a big weight off my shoulders as I was so worried about getting a job. My Mum and Dad were jumping up and down. My Dad and Uncles all have a trade and I know it’s what they wanted for me. I was so proud to tell my Nana as I am very close to her.

“Getting a plumbing apprenticeship means everything to me, it means I can now finish my plumbing training and get the onsite experience that I need. I’m working on the new homes being built in Pendleton, putting the skills I learn at college into practice and then two days a week I go to Salford City College to study for an NVQ Level 2 in plumbing.”

For more information about apprenticeship opportunities with Pendleton Together visit the website www.pendletontogether.co.uk

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