Apprentices dig deep for work experience

Learners and staff from ProCo NW join staff from Southdale Limited, contractors on the new housing development on Severn Drive, Norley Hall

Learners and staff from ProCo NW join staff from Southdale Limited, contractors on the new housing development on Severn Drive, Norley Hall

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GREEN-fingered adult learners are joining forces with a construction company for a horticultural project.

Members of ProCo North West, based in Montrose Avenue, are working with Southdale as part of an apprenticeship scheme, where they gain on-site understanding of the variety of trades used on a house-building project. The scheme was launched at Severn Drive, Norley, where the learners planted daffodil bulbs to create a visible legacy of the partnership. Up to four apprenticeships have been secured with Hawkley Hall-based contractor SAM Joinery, which is also working on the site.

Michael Edwards, business development officer at ProCo, said: “Southdale is giving a number of ProCo’s learners the opportunity to show their hunger and commitment to the trade. SAM Joinery has been impressed by two of ProCo’s learners, Robert Taylor and Darren Rutter, whilst on work placement, so much so both have been offered Site Joinery Apprenticeships. This is the outcome ProCo strives for, affordable and sustainable relationships with businesses who realise the benefit of harbouring young talent.”