Apprentices in Plymouth help to create new leisure complex
The SASW team recently visited the new leisure complex currently being constructed at Bretonside to see how the site is developing and to catch up with the SASW apprentices in Plymouth working on the project.
What is Bretonside?
Bretonside is a major new cinema and leisure development being built on Plymouth’s former bus and coach station. It will transform how people in Plymouth spend their leisure time; featuring 14 restaurants, a state-of-the-art Sky Bar and the city’s first IMAX cinema.
Through our connections with Building Plymouth and main contractor McLaren, SASW has been able to provide six apprentices for the site, giving them an opportunity to develop their careers in the construction industry.
An alternative to plastering in commercial buildings, drylining is becoming an important trade in the construction industry. However, training for this skill is limited and knowledge of the trade is also restricted. Through McLaren and their sub-contractor Miles Industries we have trained three dry liners onsite, developing their skills in this increasingly important trade. College provision is being delivered at Bridgwater and Taunton College.
The three apprentices are enjoying the opportunity and feel that working with Miles Industries is giving them a great insight into their chosen trade, alongside the experience of working on a £53million project.
Trades are not the only areas in the construction industry where there is a skills shortage. SASW has also been able to facilitate three individuals to start a Level 3 Apprenticeship in the professional side of the construction industry.
Based with McLaren, Encon and Miles Industries, they all attend Exeter College. Their apprenticeship is the first step into the field of site management, quantity surveying, planning and estimating, and upon completion, they will be able to move into careers such as assistant site manager and trainee quantity surveyor. Two of the apprentices are majoring in site management whilst one is focusing more on quantity surveying.
Who is SASW?
SASW operates by employing the apprentices, arranging college placements, providing mentoring, and placing them with host contractors who pay a fee for the apprentice and help them to develop their practical skills in a live working environment. The placements can be for any duration (minimum of 13 weeks) and allow organisations to support an apprentice and meet local training targets.
SASW is always looking for more apprentices and more host contractors to support our apprentices. If you would like to learn more about the scheme either as an apprentice or host contractor, please contact the team today.