Grant set to help out young apprentices

Seven apprentices with their supervisors and NVQ assessors Tim Ousely and Keith Smith. NNL-141218-115051001
Seven apprentices with their supervisors and NVQ assessors Tim Ousely and Keith Smith. NNL-141218-115051001

A team of apprentices has started to learn the tricks of the construction trade following the award of a £50,000 grant to a contractor.

ABC (Oxford) Limited has been awarded the grant from Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) to act as the employer for the creation of a special Apprentice Build Team.

The funding will allow eight apprentices aged 16-23 to learn either brickwork or site carpentry and undertake their onsite training across Banbury and Bicester, including Cherwell’s various Build! sites.

Councillor Norman Bolster, Cherwell’s lead member for estates and economy, said: “This funding is all about being proactive in creating opportunities for young people to boost their employability through the ‘earn while you learn’ apprenticeship initiative.

“The fact that ABC (Oxford) has moved quickly to establish the team and get the apprentices on site is a great boost for the Build! project.”

The grant funding will be expected to cover all of the apprentices’ employment costs.

There is one final space available, email adam@ab coxford.co.uk