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Practical experience for young apprentices at Telford development

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

Sanctuary's Development Manager Dave Williams with the young apprentices on site in Telford Sanctuary's Development Manager Dave Williams with the young apprentices on site in Telford

Sanctuary Group’s housing development in Telford is providing valuable experience for three young apprentices.

The trio, who are all doing bricklaying apprenticeships, are working at the Telford Millennium Community site in Ketley where Sanctuary Group is developing 86 extra care apartments for the over 55s as well as 12 apartments specially designed for people with learning difficulties.

Sanctuary Group’s construction specialist Seddon is building these new homes and the apprentices are all employed through their sub-contractors, Precision Brickwork.

The three apprentices are all local to Telford and all are studying Apprenticeships in Bricklaying at Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT), with Dan Casey, 18, from Lawley, and Tom Broome, 25 from Brookside, both doing Level 2 and Joe Estabrook, 26, from Donnington, at Level 3. All three will work at the Telford Millennium Community site until the housing development is complete in October 2014.

Dave Williams, Sanctuary Group’s Development Manager, said: “We work closely with our construction partners to ensure our housing developments create employment and training opportunities in the local area, and we are delighted to have these three young apprentices gaining experience through this scheme.”

Maggie Heap, community projects manager from Seddon, added: “We are delighted to have been able to offer these three apprentices the valuable onsite construction experience through Precision Brickwork. Seddon is working with Sanctuary on a number of schemes throughout the Midlands and both organisations are committed to creating and sustaining employment and training opportunities within the region.”

In addition to the apprentices gaining practical experience on site, Sanctuary Group and Seddon also offered a work experience placement to a young student on a BTEC Construction course last summer and welcomed a group of construction students from Madeley Academy for a site visit last autumn.

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