Meet the crew: Connolly takes on 12 new construction apprentices

A Wigan-based contractor is doing its bit to plug the skills gap with the appointment of 12 new apprentices.

A Connolly is working with Procure Plus on its latest apprenticeship programme. The new apprentices this year will train in a variety of trades and work on projects across the North West and North Wales. They’ll also attend a local college one day a week.

Multi-trades apprentices Joseph Power, 26, and Shane Ribbens, 18, both from Skelmersdale, will be working on internal refurbishment schemes for West Lancashire County Council.

Apprentice roofer, Kieran Stevenson, 25, from Saughall in Chester, multi-trade apprentices Leon O’Gorman, 17, from Mold, Reece Schyma, 20, from Buckley, Steffan Owen, 18, from Flint and 25-year-old Alleisha Carey from Shotton, a multi-trades apprentice specialising in joinery, will be working in the Flintshire area on projects including planned external refurbishment works.

Hassan Raza, Jack Thompson and Connor Halford, all from Bury, will be working in the local area on kitchen and bathroom installations. Hassan, 19, is an apprentice plasterer while Jack and Connor, both 18, are apprentice joiners.

Painting and decorating apprentices Jaden Legge, 19, from Irlam, Eccles, and John Kitoko, 17, from Higher Broughton, will be working in the Salford area on Salix Homes’ refurbishment projects.

The apprentices have been taken on through Build Salford, a traineeship programme which seeks to help 16-24-year-olds to get a career in construction. It is supported by 17 housing and construction organisations from across the region and coordinated by Salford City College.

“The construction sector is facing an unprecedented skills shortage with an ageing workforce and not enough skilled young people coming into the industry – a situation which looks set to be further exacerbated by Brexit,” said Kerry Whittle, Connolly’s business development leader.

“It has never been more important to invest in the future workforce and Connolly is proud to continue its tradition of training and employing young people from the areas in which it is working.”

Mark Wilson, regeneration manager at Procure Plus added: “Connolly’s commitment to employing local people helps our communities prosper and this re-investment is very important. We have worked with Connolly for many years and we know that apprentices at Connolly will be trained and developed to the highest standard.”



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