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Apprentices helping East End building trade out of recession

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:03 05 October 2010

The apprentices... the 10 shortlisted out of 40 applicants

The apprentices... the 10 shortlisted out of 40 applicants

SCHOOL-leavers without jobs have been recruited from London's East End for apprenticeships in a top construction company with NVQ qualifications at the end. The scheme being run with the National Construction College combines campus learning with on-site work experience to get a balance of technical classroom skills and practical experience

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SCHOOL-leavers without jobs have been recruited from London’s East End for apprenticeships in a top construction company with NVQ qualifications at the end.

The scheme started this month, being run with the National Construction College in East London, combines campus learning with on-site work experience to get a balance of technical classroom skills and practical experience.

“Apprentices are the lifeblood of the construction industry,” said Steve Maslin, training manager for the National Construction College. “Providing this chance for youngsters is an asset to the industry, helping it get through the recession.”

Six apprentices taking the General Construction’ NVQ start work on a Bouygues building sites, while another four are working with the company’s subcontractors on interior systems.

The training scheme launched in July received 40 applications, which were shortlisted to the final 10 who come from Poplar, the Isle of Dogs, Wapping and Bethnal Green.

Bouygues is designing and building a £280 million schools modernisation programme for Tower Hamlets council over the next 10 years, transforming 18 schools into new community learning centres.

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