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Kiir and City of London Council launch apprenticeship scheme

Trainee tradesmen and women in the very heart of London will now have the chance to train on some of the capital’s most important and recognised buildings, thanks to a new apprenticeship scheme.

The City of London Council has teamed up with construction and facilities giant, Kier, to offer six new apprenticeships for disciplines including joinery, plumbing, painting and decorating and technical trades.

The trainees will be selected from young people living in the heart of the city, and they will be able to study for NVQ qualifications to gain technical expertise and certification while at the same time working with a dedicated mentor to raise their levels of practical experience.

Four of the apprenticeships will see the chosen candidates based on Keir projects, while the other two positions will see the candidates work as part of the City of Lincoln Council’s City Maintenance Service, providing day-to-day housing repairs to the council’s housing portfolio.

Kier managing director, Simon Bullen, said that organisations must consciously invest in their future generations of workers, and this scheme is Keir’s way of doing that.

He explained, “At Kier, we strive to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we work and are always proud to be able to offer placement opportunities such as these to local young people.”

The City of London Council and Kier will carry out separate recruitment processes for their allotted apprenticeship positions. Each chosen apprentice will undergo thorough induction training on the working practices of the two organisations and health and safety regulations, before starting their full-time positions.