School leavers build for future

A street scene at Danum St Giles.

A street scene at Danum St Giles.

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SCHOOL leavers are being given the chance to build a career and help shape the future of the town.

Redrow Homes is renewing its popular apprentice scheme and youngsters in the borough are being encouraged to apply for 20 roles up for grabs.

Apprentice joiner Ben Lane, from Doncaster was one of six apprentices taken on by Redrow last year, who was based at Danum St Giles

Apprentice joiner Ben Lane, from Doncaster was one of six apprentices taken on by Redrow last year, who was based at Danum St Giles

Redrow is offering 15 and 16-year-olds the chance to learn a trade, while getting paid and gaining on the job experience.

Among the company’s housing developments is Danum St Giles in Amersall Road, Bentley.

Last year former Balby Carr Community Sports College pupil Ben Lane, began his joinery apprenticeship on the development.

Potentially apprentices could be based at this site.

Karen Jones, a director for Redrow, said: “Attracting the brightest candidates is the key to our company’s ongoing success and we are hopeful that young people looking to lay solid foundations for a career in the building trade will apply for these sought after positions.”

This year’s recruitment drive follows on from 2010’s apprentice scheme, when the company took on 50 trainees - more than double the numbers for the previous two years combined.

Apprentices work towards an NVQ qualification and are placed with an experienced sub-contractor,

As well as on the job training they attend college one day a week.

Applications are being invited for apprenticeships in trades such as bricklaying and woodcraft, although applications for trades like plumbing are considered.

All applicants must be registered with CITB Construction Skills (CSkills), the construction industry’s training board. This can be done by visiting Redrow’s careers website - www.redrowplc.co.uk/Careers-And-Recruitment/Apprentices

Candidates must pass the CSkills Skills Learning Exercise (SLE) to be considered. The SLE tests applicant’s understanding of practical information needed on a building site. Apprenticeships start in September.