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Apprentices get chance to work on Manchester’s biggest construction projects

Apprentices are being offered the opportunity to contribute to some of the most high-profile construction projects in Greater Manchester, working with a range of leading employers.

Total People, in partnership with Manchester City Council and Manchester Life Development Company, are offering apprentices the opportunity to contribute to some of the most high-profile construction in the region, representing a genuine alternative to university. 

Apprentices will gain a Construction and Building Services Management Level 4 NVQ and a HNC qualification, while picking up invaluable industry experience that will put them ahead of their peers.

Total People, part of LTE group, is one of the largest providers of work-based learning in the North West, directly supporting over 2,000 employers and 6,000 learners with Apprenticeships, study programmes, traineeships, ESF short courses and commercial courses.  Total People works with a significant number of major employers across a number of vocational areas.

The MFutures programme, led by the City Council, will include the Our Town Hall project and will be strengthened by the support of key developers and specialist trade contractors.  

The Our Town Hall project will safeguard, repair and partially restore the building, which, while structurally sound, is more than 140 years old and seriously showing its age, with many elements reaching the end of their natural lifespans.  A key objective of Our Town Hall is to create and maximise local employment opportunities and so apprenticeships on this once-in-a-lifetime project are being offered specifically to Manchester residents.  

Linda Dean, Managing Director of Total People, said: “We are proud to be part of an innovative project that provides apprentices with a real alternative to university.

“There are no fees, loans or debts on an Apprenticeship programme and apprentices will earn a salary of £15,000, rising in-line with age related and performance pay structures. On completion they can make over £20,000 and potentially obtain company sponsorship to complete a degree in their chosen pathway.

“This is a unique opportunity to work and develop skills while experiencing a number of different professional roles, and work within a wide range of areas.”

Executive Member for the Environment and Skills, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: "The MFutures apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic option for Manchester residents who are keen to pursue a career in the construction sector.  Those who join MFutures are offered a fast-track route into paid work, resulting in academic qualifications which will open doors to a wide range of jobs in the future - while also gaining the opportunity to contribute to major schemes like the Our Town Hall project." 

The kind of roles apprentices can experience during the project include Developer, Designer, Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Speciality Local Authority and Consultancy.

Throughout the Apprenticeship, they will learn about briefing, design preparation, quantity surveying, project management, planning application and consideration, procurement of contractors, and the finishing stage of construction.

The project is open to anyone over the age of 18 who holds a GCSE English and Maths grade C or above and a Level 3 qualification or A-level in a relevant subject area. The closing date for applications is 22 April 2018.  

Applications can be submitted online, or by calling 01606 734 000.

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