Harlow Kier offers work experience to Harlow students
Communities / Tue 8th Apr 2014 am30 10:43am
Leading repairs and maintenance provider, Kier, is working in partnership with Harlow College to provide work experience placements to students to help them gain skills in trades including carpentry, plastering, bricklaying and fencing.
Harlow students Aaran Vaughan, 16, Dexter Blake, 17, and Sam White, 17, were selected after a series of interviews with Kier. All three will train for six months across a range of trades, with Aaran specialising in bricklaying while Dexter and Sam will focus on carpentry.
The students will work with Kier for two days each week to accompany their college commitments and will benefit from invaluable on-the-job training and skill building. They will also have the opportunity to work on renovating and refurbishing void properties in the area.
Kier regional operations director, John Phillips, said: “Kier is dedicated to supporting the communities in which it works and providing training opportunities to young people is one of the most important ways to do that.
“We work closely with Harlow College to provide the very best work experience placements, structuring them in a way that offers students the freedom to learn the trades that interest them and support this with structured training and tuition. We have already heard very positive things from their team members and we look forward to the contributions they will make to the company.”
Commenting on the scheme, Sam White said: “I like working for Kier because I work with a range of people learning many new skills, doing something different every day. The rigorous selection process showed me that the company takes its role as a training provider very seriously and my placement was tailored to make it work for me.
“With competition for jobs so tough, this placement will make me stand out against other candidates and has given me a real taste of working life in the industry I want to work in.”
Kier offered apprenticeships to three Harlow College students who undertook work experience placements last year. Ashley Clark, 19, from Harlow; Jake Gardiner, 18, from Nazeing; and Gavin Budhathoki, 18, from Harlow, all completed a six-month placement with Kier Harlow and were offered apprenticeships in October.
Kier Harlow is a joint venture arrangement between Harlow Council and Kier and provides services to more than 10,000 council properties.