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18 apprentices kick start their careers

New Trade ApprenticesCentral College Nottingham is helping to train 18 new apprentices in partnership with Nottingham City Homes (NCH). The new Apprenticeships cover a range of construction trades as well as positions in business administration. The new starters began their roles in September in Plastering, Joinery, Bricklaying, Plumbing and Heating Engineering and Business Administration.

The construction trades apprentices spend one day a week at Central College Nottingham’s Beeston Centre and the rest of the time working full-time with NCH and earning a wage. The Business Admin apprentices spend a day a week learning theory at the College’s Maid Marian Way Centre as part of their Apprenticeship.

Maxine Blake, Business Engagement Manager at Central College said:

“We were pleased to have so many apprentices starting at Nottingham City Homes at the same time. It’s a great springboard to a career and they’ll gain industry-standard qualifications. I am also very proud to be working with an organisation that has such a strong approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, with three of their placements for construction being female, for example. What a great success story.” Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: “At Nottingham City Homes we are committed to creating local jobs for local people and our Apprenticeship programme is a great way of helping people to develop the skills necessary to build a career for the longer term. Working with a local training provider like Central College means that we can deliver the best programme for our new apprentices to ensure they will get the most from their Apprenticeships.”

Nottingham City Homes is the largest social housing provider in the East Midlands, looking after more than 27,000 homes. Central College has been working with them to deliver Apprenticeship programmes since 2013.

Hayleigh Donovan is 25 and from Bulwell. She previously worked for Nottingham City Council for two years as a team administration assistant but knew she wanted to be a plumber. She said: “Its’ just something I’ve always wanted to do. I came along to a couple of the Women in Construction taster days earlier in the year and knew straight away that I wanted to work here and as soon as the Apprenticeship opportunities were available I applied.

“I’ve given up a full time job with a salary to do this Apprenticeship, because I knew if I didn’t do it now I would always regret it. I’ve already been out with the aids and adaptations team helping to make bathrooms more user-friendly for some of the tenants.”

Areas with the most growth in Apprenticeships at Central College include Construction, Engineering, Science, and Automotive. Each year the College helps more than 1,200 job seekers find employment and training opportunities.

For more details on courses at Central College Nottingham call 0115 914 6414.