Apprenticeships – Building skills for the future at Bath Riverside

The regeneration of the Bath Riverside site has seen the creation of over 200 jobs since work began onsite in April.

Now, through a joint partnership with the Bath and North East Somerset Learning and Skills Partnership, the workforce has been joined by four apprentices appointed by developer Crest Nicholson.

Students Callum Sawyer and Daniel Bonnett have both been chosen as carpentry apprentices and will be trained at City of Bath College, while Ben Woodruth has joined as a bricklaying apprentice and Richie Sutherland will be helping to add the finishing touches to the properties as a painting and decorating apprentice. Ben and Richie will train at City of Bristol College.

They will spend the next 12 months learning various skills working onsite at one of the largest developments in the country.

After the completion of their first year, the apprentices will have the option of having their contracts extended to allow them to achieve their NVQ2 certificate.

Debbie Aplin, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Regeneration said, “It is very satisfying to finally be in a position to have four new apprentices joining us at Bath Riverside and we are very pleased to be creating skills and training opportunities with the local Learning and Skills Partnership.”

“Apprenticeships play an extremely important role in the construction industry, ensuring that we have a well skilled work force for the future. Working with leading local colleges enables the education system to bring forward people to develop a range of useful skills, so we’re pleased to be able to provide such opportunities for young people in Bath.”

Matt Atkinson, City of Bath College Principal and Chairman of the B&NES Learning and Skills Partnership, said: “The Learning and Skills partnership is delighted to be working with Crest Nicholson on this major Bath development and it’s great to see local young apprentices being given the chance to get a foot on the career ladder.

“Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a route to harness fresh new talent. UK businesses consider skills shortages and recruitment difficulties a bigger threat to performance than soaring oil prices and declining consumer spending. More than a quarter of these businesses rate this form of vocational training higher than any other qualification.

“They are a fantastic way for individuals to learn and earn, while gaining a skill they can take with them into the workplace and keep for life.”