As the country marks National Apprenticeship Week (11th-15th March 2013), Ben Woodruff, Daniel Bonnett and Jordan Ayres from the City of Bath College are helping to transform Bath’s western corridor along the River Avon at Bath Riverside, the largest regeneration project in the South West.
Jordan and Daniel are both working as carpentry apprentices, whilst Ben Woodruff works as a bricklaying apprentice.
National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses.
Daniel Bonnett, 18, of Combe Down is studying for his Level 2 Carpentry NVQ by working for Crest Nicholson while building on his trade skills at City of Bath College.
Daniel, who has been working on the door linings and skirting boards of the luxury apartments at Bath Riverside, said: “An apprenticeship has been really good for me, I have gained so much experience. It was completely the best thing that could have happened to me. I get paid to learn on the job and learn at college.”
Debbie Aplin, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Regeneration said, “Everyone at Crest Nicholson has been really impressed with the energy, enthusiasm and skill of our apprentices. Apprenticeships are an extremely important part of the construction industry, helping to build a well skilled work force for the future.
“Working with City of Bath College enables us to bring forward people to develop a range of useful skills, so we’re pleased to be able to provide such opportunities for young people in Bath.”
Matt Atkinson, City of Bath College Principal and Chairman of the B&NES Learning and Skills Partnership, said he was impressed with the dedication of the apprentices.
He said, “The Bath Riverside project is not only providing homes for the community, it is also providing much-needed training opportunities for local people.”
“The development is playing a key role in the local economy and this is another example of a successful partnership working towards a better future.”
“Apprentices are the lifeblood of industries and at Bath Riverside; apprenticeships are enabling young people to gain valuable experience to kick-start their careers.”