Build Salford: Building hope across Salford

5 July 2018

The Build Salford Class of 2018 get stuck into their 16-week traineeship, having now begun the work experience element of this unique construction programme.

Traineeships are government-sponsored programmes designed to support 16-24-year-olds in furthering their education. Build Salford aims to prepare young people specifically for the world of construction and to help them cement an apprenticeship at a leading company – and Salford City College and their industry partners have big hopes for the current cohort. 

This year there are 14-trainees benefitting from the support and opportunities provided by the programme’s committed and dedicated partners. The programme is supported by housing and construction organisations from across the region, and coordinated by Apprenticeships at Salford City College.

The 2018 project has 19 partner organisations involved in total, including Salix Homes, Great Places Housing Group, Clarion Housing Group, Engie, Keepmoat Homes, Seddon, A Connolly, Proline Group and The Casey Group.  

(Team Build Salford)

So far the group have received over 15-hours of presentations and classroom-based learning led by industry experts working for partner companies and involving industry visits. As part of their classroom-based learning, participants completed some valuable health and safety training provided by The Casey Group.

Casey Site Manager, Tony Doran, who has worked in construction for 38-years, also gave the young trainees a passionate talk about his own journey into a career in construction. Tony left school with no qualifications but his determination and commitment to what he does, got him to his position today.

Trainees have also met previous Build Salford participants who are now in full-time, apprenticeship employment, to further inspire them to achieve.  

All 14 youngsters have now been placed with one of the partner organisations to complete their work placement.

Current trainee, Natasha Whitworth, is loving the experience so far, she said of her experience with The Proline Group: “I feel like I have achieved so much in a short space of time. Build Salford has given me the confidence and the drive to get up and go to work each day. I just want to learn as much as possible and this experience is really helping me with that.”

Mason Soar has been placed at The Casey Group and has been working on a large project with site manager, Tony Doran, carrying out external wall insulation works. This has given him valuable experience in a wide range of construction activities and specialities. 

Tony had some excellent feedback on Mason’s work so far, he said: “Mason has been keen to do some real work and it’s good to see him get stuck in. He has fitted in well with the team.”

Gavin Preston, Group Finance and Growth Director at Proline, has also been heavily involved in the Build Salford project, he said: “Build Salford provides an effective route to a career in construction for the young people of Salford. The trainees grow in skills, confidence and experience.

“As a business, it makes absolute sense for us to support the scheme. We need new, brilliant talent in our business and we also want to support the city and its youngsters.”

If you want to know more about Build Salford, call 0161 631 5555. 

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