KB and DKIn the second year of working with Build Salford, Casey have taken on an apprentice and facilitated a second, both working on contracts in Salford for Salix Homes.

The Build Salford programme, supported by 17 housing and construction organisations from across the region and coordinated by Salford City College, gives participants a taste of construction both in the classroom and with practical work experience. The aim is to offer participants an apprenticeship upon completion.

Kane had been considering a rugby scholarship but realised that construction had more sustainability. He heard about the Build Salford scheme through Connexions and is now completing a plastering and rendering apprenticeship and this year will study for Level 2 with training provider, The Growth Company, in Trafford Park.

He said, “I’m really loving working with Casey and looking forward to starting at college too.”

Declan from Ordsall is working with scaffolding contractor, Silver Star Services Ltd. He had previously started to do a plastering apprenticeship but found it was too difficult to travel to, and he had also tried some bricklaying. “I’m loving doing scaffolding best of all out of all the things I’ve tried. It’s really great to have this opportunity with Silver Star,” said Declan.

Luke Clarke  Clive BevanCasey is working with Build Salford to encourage young people to take on apprenticeships and careers in construction.

The Build Salford traineeship is a 16-week course, based at Salford City College, which gives twenty young people age 16-24 the opportunity to get into a construction based apprenticeship by providing them with practical hands-on training, access to extensive work experience, job preparation support and quality classes and tutorials delivered by experienced industry experts.

Phil Hey, Group Health and Safety Advisor, and Tony Doran, Senior Site Manager, at Casey have each delivered a session to the trainees. In 2017, one trainee spent 5 weeks on the Casey expansion of the Nycomm warehousing facilities in Agecroft.

The initiative is supported by Salix Homes, Together Housing, Great Places, Affinity Sutton, Casey, Seddon, Galliford Try Partnerships, Keepmoat, Salford City Council, Connexions, Procure Plus and Salford City College.