Two lads have been given the chance of a future career thanks to the Backing Young Bury scheme.
They have just started work as apprentice bricklayers on the latest phase of the multi-million pound transformation of Pimhole.
A development to build 104 houses is a cornerstone of long-term regeneration in this area of East Bury. The first 53 homes have been completed and Phase 2 has recently started to build the remainder.
John Pearson, construction director from Prospect Homes, said: “For us this is the icing on the cake of a very productive partnership with Bury Council, Constructing the Future Lancashire and CITB Construction Skills. We wanted local people to benefit from this project not only in terms of regenerating the area but also in creating apprenticeships. The fact that the two lads were previously unemployed makes it even more worthwhile. We wish them every success.”
Thanks to D & P Construction Ltd the youngsters will be working with the sub-contractors on the site as part of a two-year apprenticeship. D & P Construction will be making sure that they both have enough work experience to complete their apprenticeships. David Bligh from D & P Construction said: “We are proud to welcome Daniel Walker and Danny Milne to the team. Both lads are very keen to do a good job and are very pleased to have been given this opportunity.”
Councillor Gill Campbell, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and regeneration, said: “The Backing Young Bury Team is working hard to spot any opportunities that can benefit local young people. The team aims to make it as easy as possible for businesses to create jobs for the next generation and is hoping this success story encourages other businesses to step forward.”
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Press release issued: 29 October 2012.
Picture attached: At the Pimhole development are (from left) Jane Smith of Calico Enterprises Ltd; Michael Aspinall, communities section; Liz Gudgeon, Urban Renewal; Daniel Walker, apprentice bricklayer; Councillor Trevor Holt; Roger Pakeman, 14-19 yeam, children's services; Nicola Milner, CITB Construction Skills; David Bligh from D & P Construction; Cllr Peter Bury; Neil Waddington, managing director, Prospect GB Ltd; Lynda Williamson, Bury Employment Support and Training; on the floor, Daniel Milne, apprentice bricklayer.