Keiron's a diamond on Pearl
Published by Jason Kayley for Together Housing Group in Housing and also in Education
The apprentices hard at work
Three apprentices have been given the chance to get on the first rung of the employment ladder after starting work on a £1.7m Twin Valley Homes development in Blackburn.
Nathan Selby (apprentice bricklayer), Luke Kenyon (apprentice joiner) have been placed with contractors Bardsley Construction through the Constructing the Future Lancashire Shared Apprenticeship scheme.
28-year-old Kieron Tierney (apprentice groundworker), from Clitheroe, has already secured permanent employment with Mayo Civil Engineering, Bardsley’s groundwork sub-contractor, after completing a work placement.
Kieron is in his second year and is working towards his NVQ Level 2 in Groundworks, but has already been offered a full-time post.
The scheme on Gretna Street/Pearl Street, which consists of six bungalows and 14 properties, should be completed in the summer.
Ian Clark, Managing Director of Twin Valley Homes, said: “We’re continuously looking to develop, whether it’s new homes, new careers or new ways of working.
“This new development will not only provide much-needed new affordable housing, but has provided work opportunities for three young men.
“We pride ourselves on our apprenticeship scheme, and we have had many successes over the year, and we hope this trio can follow on their footsteps.”
Paul Strutt, Managing Director of Bardsley Construction, said: “We firmly believe that our role isn’t just to build new homes but to establish strong communities as well, which is why we endeavour to recruit trade apprentices and local supply chain partners at all our developments and the Gretna Road/ Pearl Street Project is no exception.”