Monday, December 6, 2010

News: Bramall gives apprentices a new start


Rotherham social housing contractor, Bramall Construction has taken on a team of ten apprentices to independently build two new bungalows, as part of a scheme of eight new homes, in Newland Avenue, Maltby.

The scheme for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is part funded Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) who has provided a £4.6m grant for a number of Local Authority new build projects in Rotherham.

Often apprentices are used a general labourers on site but Bramall is providing quality experience for the eight bricklayers and two joiners by letting them work independently on the project, with a site manager overseeing their progress.

Two of the apprentices would have been out of work after being made redundant from their previous roles and four have been given further placements with Bramall after doing so well on a site in Derby. The others have been recruited especially for the scheme or brought to site from other local Bramall schemes.

The young people are working towards NVQ Level 2&3 qualifications with Bramall, which is committed to preserving trades skills for when the housing market takes an upturn.

Neal Mardon, Bramall Site Manager, said: "The apprentices have all been keen and being allowed to build the bungalows on their own, with guidance from myself and the fully qualified bricklayers on site, is great experience.'

Apprentice Karl Turner, aged 19, from Wickersley in Rotherham, was taken on by Bramall in April after being made redundant from his previous job at the end of last year.

Karl, who is studying for an NVQ Level 2 progressing to NVQ Level 3 on day release at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, said: "Bricklaying is something I've been into from leaving school.

"Being taken on by Bramall means that I can continue my studies at college and hopefully will complete my course at the end of the year, with skills that will last me a lifetime."

Uzma Sattar, Scheme Programme Coordinator, from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, added: "This is one of six sites in the Borough where new council houses are being developed; we are supporting local labour and equipping people with skills by ensuring apprentices and student placements are working on the sites. I'm really thrilled that the apprentices on this development have been able to develop their skills and experience by independently building the bungalows."

Bramall Construction website

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