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Earning and learning for new crop of Barking and Dagenham apprentices

PUBLISHED: 11:36 08 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:53 08 September 2015

Michael Ashton, Tommy Barnard, Grant Happe, Gemma Scarlett, Max Davis, Tomme Featherstone, Richard Ivy

Michael Ashton, Tommy Barnard, Grant Happe, Gemma Scarlett, Max Davis, Tomme Featherstone, Richard Ivy

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Youngsters are being helped on the road to employment after they were selected for eight new apprentices.

The new starters began work with the council’s repairs and maintenance team this week, with each of them learning a trade to become a fully qualified electrician, painter and decorator, plasterer or plumber.

The young people will be taught through on-the-job training and weekly day release courses.

Gemma Scarlett, one of the new electrician apprentices who champions employment of women in the construction industry, said: “Being given the opportunity to train with the council means I can now work for the borough where I live and help to look after my own community.”

Cllr Saima Ashraf, cabinet member for housing, said the opportunities offered on the apprenticeships benefit the borough as a whole and “help shape the future development of the people involved.”


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