Pictured above: Plastering apprentice Jay Gunn
A Walsall teenager has taken a step onto the construction career ladder with help from leading Midlands’ housing provider whg.
whg has announced an exclusive wage subsidy scheme as part of a campaign to support local construction firms and the next generation of tradesmen and women.
It will pay half an eligible apprentice’s wage for six months and 17-year-old Jay Gunn is the first to benefit. Employers are invited to get in touch to take advantage of this limited offer, funded by Visionary Investment Enhancing Walsall (VIEW).
Jay, of Leamore, has been learning a trade at whg’s Skills Centre for nine months and has now been taken on as an apprentice plasterer by Walsall company J M Renderwall.
He said: “I’m really pleased to have got this apprenticeship – it is a great opportunity for me and I’m learning so much every day.”
Audrey Clarkson, Work Based Learning Mentor at the Skills Centre, said: “Jay is the first apprentice to be taken on under this scheme but we are currently in the process of signing up additional apprentices with several different companies.
“In the current financial climate, a lot of companies are reluctant to take on new employees because they are not sure where their next job is coming from.
“This scheme will help young people into employment while encouraging employers to realise the importance of apprenticeships and how they can benefit their business.”
His new employer, Jason Wall, said: “Jay is keen to learn and doing well. The scheme is a good idea because it helps employers and enables apprentices like Jay to get valuable day-to-day experience of the job.”
Jay has already achieved a City & Guilds qualification in basic construction will continue to study part-time at the Skills Centre for an NVQ Level 2 in plastering.
The wage subsidy initiative covers apprenticeships in construction trades plumbing, electrical skills, bricklaying, plastering and carpentry. Call Audrey at the Skills Centre on 0845 155 0310 to find out more.