Meet Daniel: NWCH project apprentice

With a well-publicised need for skills within the construction industry, providing apprenticeship opportunities is a vital and necessary part of delivering a NWCH project for all of our framework partners.

One such apprentice is 16-year-old Daniel Preston, who is the first to start work on the £18 million expansion of the Co-operative Academy of Manchester, in Blackley, which is being delivered by Morgan Sindall.

During its construction, the contractor is targeting to provide more than 230 weeks’ worth of apprenticeships – with emphasis on benefiting local young people such as Daniel. Based on-site at the multi-million pound project, he is training five days a week with Morgan Sindall’s supply chain partner Will Nixon Groundworks, as part of a Level 2 Apprenticeship in General Construction Operations.

Daniel was recruited through Yes, a social enterprise which offers support to local people seeking employment or training. Yes is based at The Hive, within the Co-operative Academy, which acts as a support network for the local community and small businesses.

The Co-operative Academy expansion comprises of a new Expressive Arts Centre, additional teaching space and improved sports facilities, including a climbing wall. The expansion will also create more parking space for staff and visitors.

“We are committed to providing young people like Daniel with the opportunity to take their first step onto the career ladder in the construction industry. Community projects such as The Hive are key to ensuring that we continue to attract and encourage new talent from local schools and colleges to choose to train as an apprentice.” Barry Roberts, Director, Morgan Sindall North West

“I’m really enjoying myself at the minute. I have been put with experienced gangs to learn the day-to-day basics. I go to college on Mondays and work on site the other four days of the week. I’m looking forward to working with Will Nixon Construction Group for many years to come.” Daniel Preston, General Construction Operations apprentice

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