Apprenticeships: Building a Salford future for young people

5 September 2017

Eleven young people have found jobs and apprenticeships in the fast moving construction world, thanks to a unique Salford partnership.

They’re the first recruits to ‘graduate’ from Build Salford, a 16-week training programme which aims to help local people reap the benefits of the city’s current building boom.

Build Salford brings together some of the biggest and best construction and social housing organisations in Salford, and is managed by Salford City College and supported by Salford City Council.

The project, a legacy from the successful Pendleton Together and Build Ordsall traineeships, provided the Salford candidates with a wide range of industry practice, including substantial work experience, guest lectures, site visits and crucial construction focused training.

Salix Homes, as lead sponsor provided financial support, construction resources and staffing expertise, along with many other firms and organisations including Seddon, Keepmoat Regeneration, Keepmoat Homes, Caseys, Galliford Try, Together Housing, Great Places and Clarion.

Councillor Lisa Stone, Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services believes the project was a huge success, she said:  ‘’Salford is experiencing one of the biggest building booms in the country. Schemes like Build Salford help young people tap into that opportunity through real work experience with leaders in the industry and training.

“It’s invaluable in helping our talented young people build a great future for themselves.” – Lisa Stone

Allan Milne, Assistant Director of Apprenticeships at Salford City College is incredibly proud of the scheme and the trainees.

He said: “The trainees have taken advantage of this great opportunity provided by some of our excellent employer partners. The vast majority have secured the chance to develop a career in an amazing sector.”

The partnership has unanimously agreed that the success of Build Salford should not stop here, with Build Salford 2 already in the pipeline for early 2018.

For further information on joining Build Salford 2, or if you are keen to find out more about apprenticeships in construction or other sectors, please call the Salford City College Apprenticeship Team on 0161 631 5555  option 2, or email apprenticeshipsteam@student.salfordcc.ac.uk 

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