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Young apprentices’ chance to learn their trade

A NEW apprenticeship scheme is giving five college students the chance to become fully-qualified in their trade.

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is working in partnership with Stafford College to create employment and learning opportunities for trainee plumbers, electricians, bricklayers and other construction apprentices, aged between 17 and 19, through its Learning Academy.

One of the first students to benefit from SARH’s Learning Academy is 18-year-old Hakam Ghatoray, from Stone, who will work with SARH for the next year as an apprentice electrician.

“This apprenticeship means the world to me and I am very grateful to be given this opportunity. I look forward to working alongside the Repairs First team and learning as much as I can,” he said.

Fellow students Jack Brown, 18, and Zack Fox, 19, have joined SARH as apprentice carpenters, 19 year-old Jordan Abbotts is doing a bricklaying apprenticeship and Kieran Peake 17 is working as an apprentice plumber.

“Our partnership with Stafford College will provide learning and development opportunities that will help to nurture the next generation of young tradesmen in the Stafford area,” said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH.

“It is really important to organisations such as ours that there are skilled trade staff available to ensure our homes are of the best possible quality for our customers.”

Stafford and Rural Homes is committed to taking at least four apprentices from Stafford College each academic year through its Learning Academy.

Lisa Reading, Faculty Manager at Stafford College, said: “SARH Learning Academy has already given many of our learners at Stafford College a fantastic opportunity on placements, to develop their skills, working within the local community.

“We are so pleased to be  involved in this partnership, SARH has now set out to continue its commitment to investing in the future of its building and maintenance workforce, with the new apprenticeship programme.”

SARH’s Learning Academy offers a range of work experience, apprenticeships, voluntary work, industrial placements and free learning for the people of Stafford.

The not-for-profit organisation has also linked with Staffordshire University to offer 12-month industrial placements for Housing Studies students. The placements will offer students the chance to gain hands on experience in key areas of business within a housing organisation

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