Friday, 18 April 2014

Next generation of construction workers to find out more about future careers



Caption: Apprentice plasterer Kwami Thompson, 20, who is urging other young people to follow him into the construction industry.

Young people in Leeds will find out how they can become the building and construction workers of the future at a special event this month.

Youngsters from schools and colleges across the city will be at Leeds Civic Hall for the Construction Apprenticeship Fair on April 28, which has been organised by Leeds City Council’s Apprenticeship Hub.

More than 100 people aged 16-24 will get the chance to hear about apprenticeship opportunities with the firms behind some of the city’s biggest development projects.

Representatives from Hammersons, who are currently working on the £130m Victoria Gate retail scheme, will be attending.

And staff from Keepmoat, the company working with Leeds City Council on the housing regeneration programme, will also be on hand on the day.

Both companies will be talking about vacancies and opportunities as well as offering advice about the industry.

Kwami Thompson, from Harehills, was recently taken on by Keepmoat as an apprentice plasterer on the housing regeneration project.

The 20-year-old said the apprenticeship fair would be a great opportunity for other young people to follow in his footsteps.

He said: “I’ve been on site for a few weeks now and it's great- everyone is so friendly and I’m really enjoying it.

“Doing an apprenticeship has changed my life and if anyone is thinking of going into the construction industry, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

“I’m learning new skills, getting more experience being part of a big project and this really is the best way forward for me.”

Also attending the fair will be a range of top training providers including Leeds College of Building and CITB.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said:

“The Construction Apprenticeship Fair is the perfect place for young people to get access to key knowledge and information from within the industry.

“We’ve seen the construction industry bounce back in a big way in Leeds recently and we’ve got some huge and exciting projects taking place in the city both now and in the future.

“Those types of developments create some fantastic opportunities, so now is a great time for young people to get involved in building and construction and start a career that could see them help to change the face of Leeds.”

Young people attending the fair can register and apply for opportunities on the day and schools and colleges can also book the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub to deliver workshops and information sessions.

No appointments are needed to attend the event, which takes place from 10am-12pm.

For more information please contact:
Yvonne Appleyard on 07712 215 606 or email yvonne.appleyard@leeds.gov.uk

Anyone finishing Year 11, 12 or 13 who want to start an apprenticeship in September needs to apply over the next month.

To find out more, visit www.leedspathways.org.uk/work

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For more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937
Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk
www.leeds.gov.uk