50 APPRENTICES CELEBRATE HITTING JOBS PLEDGE TARGET WITH GREEN MAKEOVER
28th October 2014
MORE than 50 apprentices joined forces to give a green makeover to areas of Salford as part of the celebrations for hitting a jobs pledge landmark.
The 51 apprentices have been signed up in just one year as part of the £650 million Pendleton Together regeneration scheme.
To mark the passing of the 50th new apprenticeship created, the new starters gave up their time for a spot of gardening by clearing sites and planting flowers and shrubs.
The apprentices have all been recruited by companies and organisations working on the Pendleton Together project or linked to it, many of which are based in Salford. The apprentices include scaffolders, bricklayers, electricians, joiners, roofers, plumbers and decorators.
The Pendleton Together consortium delivering the regeneration project includes social landlord Together Housing Group and building and regeneration specialist Keepmoat. Pendleton Together is working in partnership with Salford City Council.
The regeneration of the area will result in the creation of 500 jobs, 190 apprentices, more than 2,000 work experience placements and job training for more than 3,200 people.
Almost 50 apprentices have been recruited by consortium partner Keepmoat to help build new homes and refurbish existing homes in Pendleton.
Frank Mondino, Keepmoat Regeneration’s area director for the North West, said: “We wanted to recruit 50 apprentices in a year, which was always going to be a tough target. We’ve actually beaten it and have been able to give local people a step on the career ladder and the chance to get into the work place.”
Councillor Paul Dennett said: “The Pendleton Together project has always had people at its heart. Creating jobs for people in Salford is key to the overall success. Reaching this target demonstrates the Council’s and Pendleton Together’s continued commitment to local people.”
Steve Close, Chief Executive of Together Housing Group, said: “We’ve recruited some fantastic people. The enthusiasm and determination they have shown is inspiring. They have really wanted to make a difference, not just to their own lives, but also to the local community.”
An official ceremony to mark the appointment of the apprentices was also held. The plants for the gardening were supplied by Brooklyn Landscapes of Bolton.
Photo caption: (left to right) Jake Rooney, 19, an apprentice roofer with Walker Roofing, and Jack Bennett, 18, apprentice bricklayer with Cara Brickwork.
Apprentice plumber is making his family proud
An apprentice plumber has tapped into the training and employment opportunities available with Pendleton Together and is fulfilling his father’s wish of learning a trade.
John Jones, 18, was appointed as an apprentice plumber with Keepmoat and is working on Pendleton One - a development of new build homes in the Amersham area of Pendleton – which is part of the overall regeneration.
From a family of tradesmen, it was John’s ambition to become a plumber. However, he was really worried that he was not going to be able to find a job, until he heard about the apprenticeship opportunity through Salford City College – Pendleton Together’s preferred training partner.
John said: “When I got the phone call to tell me I had the job I was speechless. I didn’t think I was going to be offered it. It is such a big weight off my shoulders as I was so worried about getting a job. My Mum and Dad were jumping up and down. My Dad and Uncles all have a trade and I know it’s what they wanted for me. I was so proud to tell my Nana as I am very close to her.
“Getting a plumbing apprenticeship means everything to me, it means I can now finish my plumbing training and get the onsite experience that I need. I’m working on the new homes being built in Pendleton, putting the skills I learn at college into practice and then two days a week I go to Salford City College to study for an NVQ Level 2 in plumbing.”
John’s hard word and determination has seen his employer Keepmoat fast track him through his NVQ Level 1 and 2. He is just awaiting the results of his NVQ level 2. To reward his efforts John was presented with a tool box.
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