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Havering apprentices take first step on career ladder thanks to £1bn housing project

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 25 October 2018

Apprentice James Rogers, 21, is working with Clarkebond, a multi-disciplinary engineering and management consultancy. Picture: Julie Cummings

Apprentice James Rogers, 21, is working with Clarkebond, a multi-disciplinary engineering and management consultancy. Picture: Julie Cummings

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Young adults are getting a career kick-start as the first training opportunities were launched by Havering’s £1bn housing regeneration project.

Apprentice James Rogers, 21, is working with Clarkebond, a multi-disciplinary engineering and management consultancy. Picture: Julie CummingsApprentice James Rogers, 21, is working with Clarkebond, a multi-disciplinary engineering and management consultancy. Picture: Julie Cummings

Havering Council and developer Wates Residential are working in partnership to build around 3,000 homes for people across a number of sites in the borough over the next 12 years.

The project has started two apprentices who will benefit from a two year placement with Clarkebond, a multi-disciplinary and geotechnical engineering and management consultancy.

During the placements the apprentices will gain experience in the construction and engineering sectors, such as how to use 2D and 3D computer-aided design to support the production of plans and documentation.

They will also attend Havering College to study towards qualifications including a BTEC Level 3 in mechanical engineering and an NVQ Level 3 extended diploma in engineering technical support.

Councillor Damian White, leader of the council, said: “These placements are part of a much wider programme ensuring the 12 estates project goes far beyond bricks and mortar.

“Our commitment to social value will not only deliver great places and thriving communities, but life chances for our young people and significant opportunities for local businesses. We are determined that the benefits of regeneration are felt right across the borough and improve the lives of as many residents as possible.”

Students from Havering College are also enjoying work experience placements at companies working on the joint venture, such as the global engineering firm Aecom and architecture firm JTP.

The week long placements taking place this week, aim to enrich the students’ classroom learning with opportunities to experience the firm’s work first-hand and support them in a variety of tasks.

“Local residents are at the heart of our partnership with Havering Council,” said Paul Nicholls, managing director of Wates Residential South.

“These work placements and apprenticeships are just the start of our extensive plans to invest in the local community and deliver a borough-wide legacy as we work on this significant project over the next 12 years.”

The joint venture will see an overhaul of Havering’s existing Council accommodation, with the council’s current stock of 856 homes replaced with around 3,000 homes of mixed tenure.

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