Five construction apprentices are starting on the road to new careers with Incommunities.
The young people, aged 16 to 25 years old, continue the housing group’s track record of investing in talented individuals from across the district.
The recruits are Baily Burdett and Victoria Cherrington (electricians), Kyle Throupe (plumber), Adam Ahmed (joiner) and Matthew Brady (plasterer).
Each apprentice will be trained by experienced trade professionals from the organisation’s Buildingservice team on construction and repair work. One day a week they will attend college working towards NVQ qualifications in their particular trade area.
Seventeen-year-old Baily Burdett from Cullingworth was inspired to apply to the apprentice programme after attending a free construction taster course for residents run by Incommunities earlier this year.
Baily said: “I’ve been interested in training to become an electrician and doing the taster course made my mind up. I can’t wait to get started with my apprenticeship.”
Victoria Cherrington from Bradford had previously worked in catering and as a carer but was looking to go in a new direction and to find a job where she could develop her practical side.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to making a career where I can get hands-on experience working on people’s homes and come away with a professional qualification.
“Incommunities offers a really thorough apprenticeship training and will give me the opportunity to pursue an exciting career.”
Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive, said: “A growing number of young people are turning to construction apprenticeships as their career of choice and as a responsible employer we are committed to continuing to invest in young talent.
“Apprenticeships are at the heart of our business and integral to developing a diverse and multi skilled workforce.
“I wish our five new starters all the best as they take their first steps towards exciting new careers.”
Jez Lester, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive – Asset Management, said: “We are delighted to welcome our latest crop of new recruits.
“It was a very competitive recruitment process with over 300 applications made and I am delighted by the quality and diversity of our new recruits. Each new apprentice will benefit from some of the best vocational training available anywhere.”
Over the last 13 years the organisation has trained 130 apprentices with nearly 98% achieving their professional qualifications.