Apprentices told: ‘You are hired’

David Bryan, 22, Bricklayer, Brett Russell, 19, Joiner, Darren Davies, 20, Bricklayer, Josh Wood, 20, Joiner and Richard Parkin, Executive Director of Regeneration.
David Bryan, 22, Bricklayer, Brett Russell, 19, Joiner, Darren Davies, 20, Bricklayer, Josh Wood, 20, Joiner and Richard Parkin, Executive Director of Regeneration.

FOUR hard-working apprentices who spent more than three years working their way through a rigorous training programme have gained full-time employment.

David Bryan, 22, from Hemsworth, Darren Davies, 20, from Fitzwilliam, Brett Russell, 19, and Josh Wood, 20, started an apprenticeship programme with Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) in August 2007.

The four attended Leeds College of Building as part of their training to become bricklayers and joiners and have now been offered full time contracts.

Mr Russell, who is now a joiner, said: “We are really grateful to WDH for giving us the chance to develop within our apprenticeship and for this fantastic opportunity.”

Gary Marley, employment training manager, said: “It’s now three and a half years since WDH began its apprenticeship programme.

“Having the opportunity to be involved with apprentices and watching them develop their skills and knowledge has reinforced my belief in the younger generation.

“They have all been a credit to themselves and WDH and thoroughly deserve their full trade contracts. ”

WDH has joined forces with Wakefield Council and other learning providers - including the National Apprenticeship Service, Wakefield College, and Connexions - to organise an event advertising what apprenticeships have to offer.

It is being held as part of National Apprenticeship Week, and takes place on Wednesday, February 16 from 5.30pm at the Chasley Hotel in Wakefield.

Young people will have the chance to chat to providers, get careers advice and learn about the apprenticeships on offer.

Coun Pat Garbutt, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We are facing tough times at the moment. Not all young people can afford to go to university so an apprenticeship is a great alternative and another way for young people to gain the skills and experiences they need to be successful.”

National Apprenticeship Week runs from Monday, February 7 to Friday, February 11. For more information, visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk