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Invaluable work experience at Sanctuary’s Sutton Hill development


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

Sanctuary's Sutton Hill site offers invaluable work experience Sanctuary's Sutton Hill site offers invaluable work experience

Sanctuary Group’s new housing development in Sutton Hill in Telford is creating invaluable work and training opportunities for young people in the local area.

Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is working with construction specialist Seddon to build 49 new homes on five sites in Sutton Hill as part of the wider regeneration of this part of Telford. Not only will the £5.5 million scheme provide a mix of affordable homes for rent or shared ownership when completed next spring, it is also creating a number of employment opportunities on site during the construction process.

Working in conjunction with the local Jobcentre Plus, three young people from Telford have just completed a four-week work experience placement at the Sutton Hill site.

Josh Jones, 21, from Madeley, Telford, worked with ground workers and bricklayers on site, digging trenches for the pipes and trying out some brickwork himself with the support of experienced bricklayers.

Matt Berry, 23, from Woodside, Telford, also spent his four weeks on site working alongside experienced bricklayers, providing him with invaluable practical experience to complement the bricklaying and plastering course he completed at Shrewsbury College last year.

During his placement, 19-year-old Jack Hendon from Madeley, worked with sub-contractors Butler Groundworks, who are doing the groundworks at the Sutton Hill development. He had been unemployed since leaving college but impressed Butler so much that they offered him a new apprenticeship at the end of his work experience placement, with an immediate start.

Seventeen-year-old Liam Joyce, who is employed by Seddon, is also based at the Sutton Hill site, and he will be starting a two-year Level 2 Apprenticeship in Groundworks at Telford College of Arts and Technology  (TCAT) in September.

Jim Wright, Sanctuary Group’s project manager at the Sutton Hill site, said: “We work closely with our construction partners to offer more to the communities we are working in, and we are delighted that our Sutton Hill development has already created both work experience placement opportunities and new apprenticeships.

“Placements of this kind provide invaluable practical experience, and can be a stepping stone to further training or even full-time employment. We hope to offer further opportunities during the course of the development.”

Emma Dempster, Project Skills Co-ordinator, from Seddon said: “The placements that we have taken on through Jobcentre Plus have been a great success, enabling local people to gain some valuable experience within the construction industry, and have resulted in employment opportunities. As part of the National Skills Academy for Construction status we will be continuing to offer placements, apprenticeships and employment opportunities to local people throughout the life of the Sutton Hill project.”

New apprentice Jack Hendon said: “This has been great for me. I hadn’t been able to find work since leaving college but heard about the work experience placement though the Job Centre and now four weeks later, I’m starting a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Groundworks, working four days a week on site and studying one day a week at TCAT.”  

“My aim now is to get my CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) card, continue learning new skills and have a career in the construction industry.”

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