Seven construction apprentices are starting with Incommunities on the road to exciting new careers in construction.
They range from 16 to 34 years old and continue the housing group’s track record of investing in local talent.
The recruits are: Curtis Malinowski and Jonathan Rhodes (both electricians); Thomas Ibbotson and Elizabeth Wilson (both plumbers); Jardell Healey-Hunter (bricklayer); Aqib Javed (joinery) and Adrian Stokes (plasterer).
Each trainee will be trained by experienced trade professionals from the organisation’s Propertysolutions service on building and repair work. One day a week they will attend college working towards NVQ qualifications in their particular trade area.
Among the seven starters are school leavers Thomas Ibbotson and Aqib Javed, both aged 16, and Elizabeth Wilson, a mother-of-three children, who was keen to take a new career direction.
Elizabeth from Wibsey, said: “I became interested in plumbing after doing various work around my house with the help of a friend who was a female plumber and then I heard about these great apprenticeship opportunities at Incommunities.
“Now my children are getting older I feel it’s the right time to really grasp this opportunity to building a proper career with exciting prospects. I can’t wait to get started!”
It takes to 25 the number of construction apprentices currently training with the housing group.
Delroy Beverley, Director of Incommunities – Propertysolutions, with responsibility for managing the group’s apprenticeship programme, said: “We are delighted to welcome our latest crop of new recruits.
“It is very encouraging to see a growing number of young people turning to apprenticeships as their career of choice and we are extremely impressed with the quality of our new starters.
“It was a very competitive recruitment process with nearly 290 online applications made and I am delighted by the quality and diversity of our new recruits. Each new apprentice can be rightly proud that they are joining an award winning training programme and with it the opportunity to build successful careers with one of the leading housing providers in the country.
Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive, said: “We are committed to investing in local talent across our communities.
“Apprenticeships are an integral part of our work to boost local employment opportunities and support the district’s economy and each recruit will benefit from some of the best training available anywhere.”
“With youth unemployment in the city at 4.9% – twice the national average, it is more important than ever that as many local employers as possible back this form of vocational training.
“I wish all our new starters all the best as they take their first steps towards exciting new careers.”