Young lives changed by Salford partnership project
11 young people from Salford have entered the world of work after some of the city’s biggest construction firms, education providers and social housing organisations including Pendleton Together created an exciting new route into employment and training.
Drawing on their collective expertise, the Build Salford partnership devised a four-month training programme to enable candidates aged 16-24 to benefit directly from the vast amount of building work currently taking place in Salford.
The course incorporates hands-on experience, guest lectures, site visits and construction-focused learning.
The first 11 ‘graduates’ have all found jobs or apprenticeships after completing the scheme.
John Jordan, Pendleton Together’s Employment and Skills Coordinator, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project which is already making a positive difference to young people’s lives in Salford.
“So many good things are happening in the city, particularly in the construction industry. As partners, it is important that we explore every possible avenue to empower local people and improve their ability to get jobs.
“I’m particularly pleased that the partnership has unanimously agreed to launch Build Salford 2 early next year. I’m confident that the best is yet to come.”
Councillor Lisa Stone, Salford City Council’s Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services said: ‘’Salford is experiencing one of the biggest building booms in the country. Schemes like Build Salford help young people tap into that opportunity through real work experience with leaders in the industry. It’s invaluable in helping our talented young people build a great future for themselves.”
Allan Milne, Assistant Director of Apprenticeships at Salford City College said: “The trainees have taken advantage of this great opportunity provided by some of our excellent employer partners. Everyone who finished the programme has secured the chance to develop a career in an amazing sector.”