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Ten Birmingham apprentices set for new challenge

This story is shared from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and released by EQUANS.

Ten local people have taken their first steps on the construction career ladder after securing apprenticeships with energy and regeneration specialist Equans.

The new recruits, who will join nearly 500 other apprentices working for Equans in the UK, are set to play a pivotal role in helping to improve and maintain homes across the city, as part of Equans’s ongoing repairs and maintenance contract with Birmingham City Council.

The ten beat off competition from over 1000 applicants to snap up the sought-after apprenticeships, which will enable them to gain qualifications in plumbing, electrical engineering or carpentry. The new recruits will work alongside Equans’s experienced teams and mentors and will study at South and City College Birmingham.

One of the new apprentices, 19-year-old Ella Black from Hall Green, explained:

“I’ve really enjoyed the experience so far! It’s been very practical – I’ve learnt lots of new skills and I’m feeling more and more comfortable doing tasks by myself every day.

When I first started my carpentry apprenticeship, I was worried that I’d just be watching my mentor, but they’ve helped me with tasks and are keen for me to progress. I’m really looking forward to seeing where my career takes me.”

Ella Black

Paul Bingham, regional director at Equans, commented:

“Apprenticeships have really gained popularity in recent years, and it’s easy to see why – they open doors to so many different career opportunities, with the chance to learn skills for life and gain real hands-on experience.

The benefits for businesses like Equans are huge too, enabling us to grow our own skilled workforce of the future, whilst also leaving a legacy in the local community – we’re delighted to be able to do that here in Birmingham.”

Paul Bingham

Councillor Jayne Francis, cabinet member for housing and homelessness, added:

“Providing high quality, safe, warm, and green housing that meets the needs of our residents is a key priority for Birmingham City Council – and our partnership with Equans will help us achieve this.

I am pleased that these apprentices will be able to undertake significant work that will make a difference to the local community.”

Jayne Francis

Equans works in partnership with Birmingham City Council to provide a planned and responsive repairs and maintenance service to around 40,000 council homes across the city.

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