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One of London’s largest housing associations is this summer launching a fresh search for talented young people who are keen to carve out a career in construction.

Circle Housing Old Ford, in partnership with Kier, will recruit six apprentices into a range of maintenance roles. From plumbing and carpentry to painting and tiling, successful applicants will gain a wide variety of skills as well as working towards a professional qualification. 

The apprenticeships initially last for two years and are available to young people aged 17 and over who are living in east London.

Rosie Hewson, Training and Employment Manager for Circle Housing Old Ford said: “With recent figures showing that over 800,000 16 to 24 year olds are currently out of work, it’s clear that despite the economy picking up many young people are still facing an uncertain future.

“As well as building homes for people to live in, social housing providers, like Circle Housing, are committed to improving the future prospects of its residents. That is why in the last year alone Circle Housing has already helped over 2,000 young people in the capital into apprenticeships and training schemes.”  

The provider runs a number of initiatives in London aimed at getting young people into work, including vocational training courses for school pupils who are falling behind in mainstream education.

Cohen Lowe, 18, is already an apprentice having initially undertaken training at the Construction Training Centre in Old Ford.  By his own admission he didn’t get on well at school and lacked direction.

He said: “I got in with the wrong people and started doing silly things - I just couldn’t see the point to anything.

“The teachers at Old Ford really believed in me and kept telling me that I was doing well, and that I would have a good chance of getting an apprenticeship. I was also influenced by my granddad, he’s a handy man, and I wanted to follow him.

“I now feel like I know the direction I’m going in my life, I feel so glad I’ve got a job that I like and that I can earn money.”

Circle Housing is also a lead partner of London’s first not-for-profit shared apprenticeship scheme, which will create 500 new apprenticeship jobs over the next decade. Evolve’s central aim is to remove the burden of traditional apprenticeship programmes on individual employers by spreading the cost and training obligations across several organisations.

Potential applicants can find out more about the roles by calling Circle Housing Old Ford on 0208 981 3298.

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