COMING soon to a street near you - this is the latest batch of apprentices at Sheffield Council’s maintenance contractor Kier, who will be hard at work over the coming weeks and months helping to look after the city’s council houses.
A total of 17 youngsters aged 16 to 25 have started work at the Manor Lane-based company to learn trades on the job.
The company currently has a total of around 80 apprentices in training, in a range of trades including joinery, plastering, heat and vent fitting, gas engineering, electrical and plumbing. The apprenticeships will last between three and four years depending on the training.
Three of the apprentices were offered their jobs after completing placements with the company, two of whom had been involved with the City Stewardship Programme, through which disadvantaged young people volunteer to help with work to improve housing estates.
One of the successful candidates, Nathan Fairfax, 19, from Charnock, said: “I was working on the City Stewardship Programme for nine months, which has given me an insight into what Kier does.
“I enjoyed my placement and decided that I would like to work full time for Kier because as a company it’s thoroughly committed to developing its employees.
“I applied to become a bricklayer and was delighted when I was chosen.”
Simon Bullen, Kier Sheffield’s managing director, said: “We are committed to helping young people develop careers in many different construction trades. It is important that, as a sector, we continue to invest in the future generation.
“Delivering on our promises for education, training and employment is beneficial for the people in the areas in which we work and we strive to have a positive impact on local communities for young people as well as adults.”
Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore, called in at Manor Lane to meet the apprentices with council cabinet member for business, jobs and growth, Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris.
Coun Dore said: “It was great to meet these apprentices who are gaining valuable work experience in a number of trades, as well as studying for a qualification.”