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Eleven Tower Hamlets trainee apprentices looking to forge a career in construction met Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs, who celebrated with them and their host company Ballymore as they completed their pre- apprenticeship work placements.
They had found their placements via WorkPath – the council’s revolutionary new employment service for all Tower Hamlets residents that provides employment support tailored to individual need whatever the experience level.
For most it was their first work experience, and they did it in the growing construction sector – an area key to the development of the borough providing highly skilled jobs for thousands of people.
Their placement was with Ballymore, who are responsible for some of the most exciting building projects in the UK – including the City Island development in Canning Town where the placements were based. The development includes 104 affordable social rented flats and 15 affordable shared ownership properties.
The skills learned included health and safety, manual handling, core building skills alongside the fundamentals of site and project management and interview techniques for apprenticeship and job interviews. All had been punctual and professional in their approach and gained crucial contacts and experience.
Tower Hamlets resident Tasharn Williams, had completed his pre apprenticeship experience and hopes to find an apprenticeship and ultimately a job in construction, said: “It’s been really good, we’ve done five courses for industry recognised qualifications including; manual handling, fire safety, first aid, and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promoting safe use of powered access equipment, and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) which are industry recognised.”
It’s been really educational, and I hope to do bigger and better things working on site doing what I do best.”
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said: “WorkPath exists to link up the brilliant things happening in the borough with local residents utilising their skills to create opportunity. The 11 young people I’ve met have been a great example of that and they have had great experiences. I know they will go on to successful careers in the industry and be ambassadors for others to follow.”
Steven Tennant, Projects Director, at the Ballymore Group said: “By working with the local community on schemes such as this, we are helping to provide more accessible routes into the workplace, and ultimately bridge the ever-increasing skills gap we are seeing in the UK”
Councillor Joshua Peck, Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth said: “The application and work ethic shown by these young people sets them up for a great possibilities in the construction industry and I wish them all the best in their aims of securing an apprenticeship. The exciting partnership, brokered via the WorkPath programme with Ballymore – one of the biggest developers in London, shows how the council is bringing opportunity and employment support to our residents”.