Three young residents from Sheffield’s Shiregreen estate have been recruited as apprentices in an attempt to transform nearly 40 homes in their neighbourhood.
The trio will earn money and get on-the-job-training from Sanctuary Maintenance.
Some 37 properties will be modernised in the area as the trio – 20-year-olds Connor Bamford and Kieran Trueman and Matthew Powell, aged 19 – learn everything from electrical wiring to replacing kitchens.
Dennis Evans, Sanctuary managing director, said: “Sanctuary believes in creating employment opportunities for local people, which is why we are delighted to take on these apprentices.”
Connor said: “It’s a double win for us, because not only are we seeing the difference our work is making locally, but we are also learning skills.”
Kieran said: “I’m getting a lot out if it in terms of improving my career prospects.”
Matthew said it felt ‘special’ to be involved with something which is making a difference to the community.