Ruislip Residents' Association

Hillingdon Council in Partnership with Uxbridge College

Hillingdon Council welcomed four new college apprentices to their Repairs team on Monday October 17th. These students are the first of many who will be taking up the council's offer of employment and learning over the coming years.

Jason Clark, Elmi Lluigiqi, Bradley Ranger and Alfie Wilson all come from Hillingdon. They will spend four days working at the council and one day a week at college, learning a mixture of theory and practical skills. The council will help these four young men to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their chosen trade apprenticeship qualifications and set them on their way to a bright future career.

Bradley, 16, who comes from West Drayton,is the youngest of the group. He attended Stockley Academy and is embarking on a Level Three Electrical Installations Apprenticeship. Bradley says he was inspired by an electrician who came to fix something in his home when he was younger and he found out about Hillingdon Council's Apprenticeship Programme through a council worker who came to install a window some years later. In his first week Bradley said that he learned how to turn off the power and has assisted with fixing a storage heater,light fittings and power sockets. When he completes his course he hopes to continue working for the council.

Barry Cooper, Apprentice Manager at Uxbridge College, said : Uxbridge College is delighted to join Hillingdon Council in supporting its commitment to create opportunities for young people, through its work with schools and colleges. Our recent involvement in recruiting and training four of the Council's apprentices is a great example of the successful partnership work which both our organisations value so highly.

Councillor Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: It's important for the council to nurture young, local talent but there is also the need to keep traditional skills alive. By taking on these apprentices, we are ensuring young people are coming through to continue providing important services. Hillingdon's Repair teams have assigned Mentors to the apprentices, experienced Hillingdon employees, who will teach and support them throughout their journey, as they visit council-owned properties to learn their new trades. I would like to welcome them to the council and wish them the best of luck.

Published in Further and Higher Education on 13 November 2016.
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