Flintshire's commitment to apprentices
Flintshire County Council is pleased that four apprentices are now working with local contractors, thanks to the “Apprentice Academy” developed with Futureworks Flintshire.
Council construction contracts always place a requirement on the contractor to provide apprentice opportunities and to recruit local labour, however it is often difficult to complete the apprenticeships owing to the nature of the contracts. The creation of this Academy will ensure that full apprenticeships can be made and delivered. The type of job roles needed include plumbing, joinery, plastering, gas and electrical, bricklayers, but also other roles such as tenant liaison officers and quantity surveyors will be required.
The apprentices are working with council-appointed contractors – three with Wates Residential in Flint – Nathan Bloor, Jamie Hayward and Beth Mclellan and Harvey Appleby is with Keepmoat in Mold.
Multi Skilled Trade Operative Apprentice, Beth Mclellan, said:
“I applied for this apprenticeship so that I could understand and try different trades available within the industry. I was so pleased that I was successful in my application. I'm enjoying it as each day is completely different and you have different jobs or tasks to do, which enables me to broaden my skills and gives me new experiences.”
And another apprentice in Business Administration, Harvey Appleby, said:
“I applied for an apprenticeship as I wanted to get experience in a real office environment whilst studying a college course. I have already learnt a lot of new skills and I am enjoying it very much.”
Futureworks Director, Mark Scott, said:
“We are passionate about providing sustainable futures for diverse ranges of talented young people. We are proud to be working in partnership with Flintshire Council to create additional opportunities on projects where they are difficult to achieve or often lost.”
Futureworks Flintshire is a community interest company which has the relevant experience, the right culture and values to be a close partner to the Council and working with a third party reduces significantly the cost of scheme administration for the Council. For more information about apprenticeship opportunities please contact Amy Dutton on 01352 703453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.