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Coventry residents win full-time apprenticeships after participating in Whitefriars Housing job opportunity programme

Two Coventry residents are celebrating winning full-time apprenticeships after participating in a job opportunity programme run by a local housing association.

Whitefriars, part of WM Housing Group, has been working with Bouygues – the main contractor on its £10 million Mulberry Gardens development in Canley – to provide training and job opportunities for local people.

 

Jamie Grant, a Whitefriars resident from Canley, and Abdul Muhammad, from Keresley attended a two-week accredited ‘construction bootcamp’ where they gained their Construction Skills Certification cards to allow them to work on building sites.

 

They both then applied for apprenticeships at Midlands-based Coopers Carpentry and completed a two-week trial, which went so well that they have now been taken on full-time.

 

Claire Hardwick, head of community investment at WM Housing Group, said: “We spend many millions of pounds each year in Coventry. As part of that, we are working with all our contractors and partners to use this investment to offer employment and training opportunities for local people.

 

“As well as apprenticeships, we and our contractors are offering work placements, skills courses and coaching sessions to give people the chance to get into employment. That’s good for the people concerned and for the neighbourhoods where they live.

 

“We are also working with local schools to raise aspirations and ensure pupils are aware of the opportunities available within our own organisation and with our partners. With the right skills, opportunities and support we can help people make a real change in their lives.

 

“Jamie and Abdul are a testament to the success of the programme. We are thrilled that they have secured these apprenticeships and hope it is the start of great careers for them both.”

Simon Wingate, operations director at Bouygues, said: “We are delighted that our joint working with Whitefriars has delivered such great results so soon.

 

“Our company is committed to putting something back into the neighbourhoods where we work, and training and apprenticeships like this bring real benefits to ourselves and our communities. Congratulations to Abdul and Jamie – we wish them well for their future careers.”

 

To celebrate their success, the pair were presented with their first set of carpentry tools at a special ceremony by WM Housing Group chief executive Kevin Rodgers, Simon Wingate and Coopers Carpentry managing director Paul Cooper.

 

Cooper said: “We were so happy with the way Jamie and Abdul got on that we decided to offer them both an apprenticeship. We have a real shortage of skilled people in construction, and programmes like this help us find talented and committed people to help us succeed as a company.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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