Kier welcomes 23 new apprentices

Kier has welcomed 23 apprentices to new positions in contracts across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire this month.

The appointments continue the company’s commitment to tackling unemployment by training young people and supporting them to gain qualifications and long-term career prospects.

The apprentices, all aged between 16 and 33, will join Kier teams in Sheffield, Barnsley, Boston, Lincoln and North Kesteven in roles including plumbing, joinery, painting & decorating, bricklaying, electrical and plastering, as well as business administration and customer services.

During their time at Kier the learners will gain on-site experience in their chosen trades, in addition to undertaking training at local colleges. They will also work alongside dedicated mentors who can share their industry experience.

Kier regional operations director, Phil Oades, said:

“We are committed to providing employment opportunities to young people in the local community and our apprenticeship schemes ensure trainees receive the highest standard of training alongside their studies.”

“It is vitally important for businesses to invest in providing apprenticeships, which will benefit our industry and local economies in the areas in which we work.”

Apprentice Jamie Ricardo, 33, who has just started a joinery apprenticeship with Kier Sheffield, said:

“It is great to be able to get experience working with such a well respected company, and to be given this opportunity at 33 is very helpful as people don’t realise that apprentices can be of all ages. So far I have been dealing with adaptations, where we modify rooms to suit the different disabilities of the people who will be living in them. So I’m not just learning about joinery, I am also learning parts of other trades like plumbing and electrical.”

Kier is one of the leading repair and maintenance providers working in social housing in the UK. It maintains more than 240,000 homes and carries out more than half a million repairs.

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