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Two Sheffield apprentices take first step on career ladder

15 December 2015
Apprentices Jack and Jobe

A new housing development in Sheffield is providing training opportunities for two young apprentices.

New homes for Sheffield

Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is currently working with its appointed contractor, community regeneration specialist Keepmoat, to build 46 homes for the over 55s in Shiregreen.

The new £7 million scheme is being constructed on the former Woolley Wood School site and will offer a mix of one and two bed apartments for rent, plus 4 one-bed apartments with wheelchair access.

The apprenticeships

The two apprentices, Jack Greenwood, 18, and Jobe Royston, 17, have both landed the training opportunity on the site and will help in the development of the new homes.

Apprentice administrator Jack is studying a level 2 in Business Administration at college. His duties on site include ordering materials, checking delivery quantities, and keeping registers up to date.

Jack said: “I love working on computers and developing my knowledge of IT so this apprenticeship is the perfect opportunity to advance my skills. I found this apprenticeship through The Source Skills Academy at Meadowhall, which helped me with support and guidance to gain employment.”

Apprentice general construction operative Jobe is studying a level 2 in General Construction at college and his daily activities include supporting brickwork and groundwork operatives, putting away delivery materials and making sure cabins on site are tidy.

Jobe said: “I have been on site now four months and the things I have enjoyed the most are the people I've been working with and learning more about the trade. I have set my sights on becoming a site manager in the future and want to progress.”

Tim Wray, project manager for Sanctuary Group, added: “We are delighted to be working with Keepmoat to provide this excellent opportunity for these two local students.

“As with all our developments, training and employment opportunities are a key priority for Sanctuary. Apprenticeships are a valuable way to help young people gain an insight into the world of work and hands-on experience which will prove vital when applying for future roles in the construction industry.”

Dave Brown, Keepmoat project manager for the site, said: “Apprentices are an integral part of Keepmoat’s workforce. We are always looking to work with partners to create opportunities for local people, so it’s great to have these apprentices on site. The lads are very eager to learn and are enthusiastic about gaining the relevant skills to give them a life-long career in construction.”