George Cartledge, 18, helped to construct leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group’s Baskeyfield House extra care scheme last year and has gone back to see the end result and visit some of the residents who are now living there.
Residents at the scheme enjoy independent living in their own self-contained one or two bedroom apartment with a lounge, fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom; with care provided as and when it is needed by staff on site. The scheme also boasts communal facilities that are open to the general public including a hairdressers, restaurant and café.
Training as a plumbing apprentice, George worked on Baskeyfield House for 15 months, with his responsibilities including supporting the team with the installation of the central heating system and water pipes throughout the scheme.
As part of his visit to the completed scheme, George was given a tour and then enjoyed coffee and cake with a handful of residents, who spoke highly of their new home and were interested to learn more about his apprenticeship and aspirations.
George said: “Being able to work on Sanctuary’s Baskeyfield House project was a good opportunity for me to put my skills into practice.
“It has been great to meet with the residents today and see how much they are enjoying their new homes which I had a part in creating. I am really enjoying my apprenticeship as it has given me the opportunity to gain work experience onsite as well as go to college to work towards my qualifications.”
Yvonne Tucker, Sanctuary’s project manager, added: “We were delighted to offer George this rewarding experience during National Apprenticeship Week and for him to see the end result of his, and other apprentices’, hard work. The residents were equally pleased to meet him and hear about his ambitions for his future.
“Apprenticeships are a valuable way to help young people gain a recognised qualification, combining hands on learning on site along with college studies.
This activity was one of a number organised by Sanctuary Group in support of National Apprenticeship Week (14 – 18 March) – an annual event, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which celebrates the talents and skills of apprentices and the value of apprenticeship programmes.
Sanctuary operates a UK-wide apprenticeship scheme that is helping many young people into employment.
The award winning scheme has supported almost 2,000 young people into placements, both directly within Sanctuary and through development partners.
The programme provides apprentices with a meaningful career path, on-the-job training, support in achieving nationally recognised qualifications and the opportunity to earn while they learn.