Regeneration specialist invests in next generation of construction talent

Left to right: Nathan Fenn, asset managing project surveyor at Shoreline Housing; Wayne Moore, project manager at Keepmoat; Connor Delaney, apprentice joiner at Keepmoat; and Quinten Hand, construction technician apprentice at Keepmoat (photo by Shaun Flannery)

Two young people have been given the opportunity to work on a multi-million refurbishment programme in Lincolnshire.

Community regeneration specialist Keepmoat is working on behalf of Shoreline Housing to deliver the long-term programme.

The work carried out will include kitchen and bathroom upgrades, rewires, re-roofing, new windows and doors, and damp proofing works. Sheltered accommodation and flats will also benefit from the refurbishment of communal areas.

Quinten Hand is a construction technician apprentice on the project. Hand started his apprenticeship with Keepmoat in November and will begin a BTEC Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment course at college later this year.

He said: “I have just come out of the army on medical grounds due to stress fractures in my shins and wanted to get into something else that was hands-on. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and starting college to support my site-based learning.

“I am very ambitious and look forward to working my way up the career ladder and see myself as a Project Manager in the future”.

Sixteen year old apprentice joiner Connor Delaney is studying an NVQ Level 2 Carpentry course at college one day a week and is gaining on site experience.

He said: “I have always wanted to work in construction and was thrilled when the perfect opportunity came up at Keepmoat. I really enjoy the practical side of the job and find life on a construction site to be very motivating, especially with all the supportive and welcoming staff that have made me feel like one of them.

“In ten years’ time I see myself still working at Keepmoat in a fully qualified and experienced trade position”.

Wayne Moore, project manager at Keepmoat, said: “Apprentices are a vital part of the construction industry. Here at Keepmoat, we are committed to working with our partners to invest in apprenticeships for local people wherever possible so that we can nurture and develop the next generation of the construction talent.

“I joined Keepmoat as an Apprentice Joiner 24 years ago and have never looked back. I believe that getting a qualification in a trade can lay the foundations for a lifelong career in a great industry. Quinten and Connor are very enthusiastic about developing their skill set further and we hope that they will have a bright future ahead of them”.

Shoreline strategic asset manager Asad Bhatti added: “We always feel that it is important for ourselves and our partners to generate local employment opportunities. We are pleased that while we are investing in our local properties, we are also committed to creating new jobs and local people are being given the opportunity to train and develop their skills”.