Build Salford commences helping young people cement a career in construction

15 May 2017

The Build Salford traineeship, which aims to prepare young people for the world of construction and help them cement an Apprenticeship at a leading company, has now commenced. Trainees met with a Salford City Councillor and potential future employers, Seddon, as they got stuck into their second week.

Councillor Paul Longshaw, Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods at Salford City Council met all of the trainees as they were given the opportunity to ask him their own questions; from what football team he supports to whether or not he believes Apprenticeships are the way forward for Salford.

The Oldham Athletic supporter responded, “Speaking as a former Apprentice, I do think Apprenticeships are the way forward – whether it is construction or business or whatever else.” 

Photo: Trainee David Devine talking to Councillor Paul Longshaw

The Build Salford traineeship gives 16-24 year olds the opportunity to get into a construction based Apprenticeship by providing them with practical hands on training, access to extensive work experience, job preparation support and quality classes and tutorials delivered by experienced industry experts.

Twenty young people from around Salford are currently benefitting from the scheme which has backing from eleven local organisations, including Salford City Council.

Paul said, “The Build Salford activity is a fantastic way to give young people in Salford real insight and real opportunities into a career in construction. This type of traineeship has been carried out for a few years now with some real positive outcomes for the young people that have got stuck in, enjoyed it and then gone on to longer term Apprenticeships.

“This initiative truly connects young Salford people to opportunity and gives a greater sense of pride for both them as an individual and for the city as a whole.”

The 16-week course, which is supported by: Salix Homes, Together Housing, Great Places, Affinity Sutton, Seddon, Casey, Galliford Try Partnerships, Keepmoat Homes, Keepmoat Regeneration, Salford City Council, Connexions, Procure Plus and of course Salford City College, helps those who have little to no experience or qualifications, construct their way to a fulfilling career.

Trainees were in good spirits on their second week, after already having had their first site visit and first stages of training. Paul added, “It was great to hear a buzz of excitement in the room as the trainees said how it had been for them so far and what they were looking forward to achieving for themselves.”

Representatives from Seddon were also in attendance giving advice on the interview and application process; from what to wear at the interview, to what they are looking for in an applicant CV and personal statement.

Kat Healy, Learning and Development Co-ordinator from Seddon said, “We want to see applications from every single person in the room. Show your passion and drive. Academics are sometimes important but drive is far more important.”

Seddon helps their Apprentices with more than just their construction abilities; they help them develop everything from their communication skills to organisation and work ethic. They will be offering 12 Apprenticeships in total over the coming months – encouraging all of the Build Salford trainees to apply.

They also had this vital message:

“Believe in yourself; you’ve already made it this far, believe you can do it and you will.” – Seddon

If you are interested in a career in construction and think the Build Salford scheme could be for you, then please contact the recruitment team on 0161 631 5555.

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