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Build Salford: how a great initiative that provides apprenticeships and jobs grew out of Ordsall

Build Salford

Following Build Ordsall, a pilot apprenticeship scheme that provided a taste of what work in the construction industry is like for young people in Ordsall has become such a success that it has been expanded to become ‘Build Salford’ and offer opportunities in construction, borough-wide.

At LPC Living’s recently completed Hulton Square development in Ordsall, in partnership with Salford City Council, Salford College and Benchmark Building Supplies, our construction contractor, Forrest Construction recently gave young people from Salford an insight into the construction industry.

The initiative, called ‘Build Ordsall’, which was spearheaded by Local Ordsall Ward Councillor Tanya Burch, commenced in 2016 with initial taster sessions which saw two apprentices assist and share their experience and career progression. The candidates actively learnt more about the wide range of roles within the industry and completed mini tasks from bricklaying to cabinet making.

This was followed by hosting a site tour on Hulton Square, where twelve candidates took the opportunity to see the live building site in action and ask any questions about the industry.

The programme then moved onto a period of hands-on work experience on site and three 16 years old’s from Ordsall Estate entered placements on Hulton Square to see if construction is a future occupation for them. The lads were shadowing Forrest operatives across various trades and sampling everything from bricklaying, joinery, plastering and flooring.

Whilst gaining valuable experience, knowledge and skills they will be working towards their CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) which will support them in kick starting their career in construction.

With the expanded scheme, around 20 young people from Salford are set to benefit from construction-based traineeships, thanks to the city-wide partnership.

Build Salford, a number of local organisations have come together to pave the way for even more 16 to 24-year-olds to gain a real insight into a career in the construction sector. Salford City Council is holding a recruitment event on Wednesday, 5th April at Salford City College,  where young people interested in working in the industry can attend.

Training and hands on experience

A 16-week course, as part of build Salford, will commence in late April will give access to substantial work experience, classes and tutorials, delivered by industry experts, and practical hands on training to acquire new skills. The recruits could find themselves moving onto apprenticeship roles or jobs.

Debbie Ward, Director of Apprenticeships & Community at Salford City College said, “This project will provide fantastic opportunities for local people, and will hopefully lead to the majority moving into apprenticeships with the companies involved.

“Traineeships are designed to support young people with their skills development, as well as the knowledge and attitude required to succeed in an apprenticeship.

“With the incredible support from the organisations involved the opportunities will be amazing for young people.”

Salford City College are the main educational partner for Build Salford, with Connexions and Salford City Council, via their Salford Futures Programme, providing valuable expertise and recruitment support.

LPC Living and Build Salford in Ordsall

LPC Living is due to bring forward the next phases of the Ordsall regeneration later this year. As well as looking for a commitment from our contractors to employ local labour where possible, we are expecting that additional apprenticeship opportunities will also be available on these schemes.

Whilst Build Salford is borough-wide, we will ensure that the project is well publicised in Ordsall, with local events planned later this year to encourage more great success stories from the Ordsall Estate as part of this initiative and enable more people for the Estate to share in the benefits of its regeneration.

For more information or if you want to reserve a place at the recruitment event at Salford City College on Wednesday 5th April, please call the Salford City College recruitment team 0161 631 5555 the colleges website can be accessed at: www.salfordcc.ac.uk and we will keep an update of how things progress on our website www.lpcliving.co.uk/blog