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Salford Apprentices are Premier League

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Young people who are building careers in the construction industry in Salford were involved in an important fixture at the home of Manchester United.

Salix Homes hosted an event at Old Trafford on Friday 22 June to showcase the talents, skills and commitment of over 50 apprentices who have been given their career-making opportunities by the housing provider and their contractors through their Path 2 Work scheme.

The event was attended by the Rt Hon Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles. Other speakers included Keith Rimmer, Managing Director of Belfry Group Ltd, who started his career as an apprentice plumber working in Salford. Mr Rimmer has developed the EcoPod - a self-contained heating system developed to reduce carbon emissions and cut energy bills.

Forty seven apprentices who work on the multi-million pound investment programme to modernise Salix Homes properties with their contractors Forrest, Emanuel Whittaker, Seddon, Belfry, Sure and Liquid Roofing as well partner organisation B4Box were present on the day. They were joined by seven apprentices employed directly by Salix Homes along with another two who have gone on to secure permanent jobs with the company.

Most of the apprentices are from Central Salford and are between 17 and 26 years old. They are gaining skills and qualifications in a number of trades such as carpentry and joinery, plumbing, gas engineering and plastering, as well as professional roles such as estimating, customer service and marketing.

Salix Homes works with contractors and partner organisations, including Procure Plus and The Broughton Trust, to ensure that training and employment opportunities are provided for local people through the £50m improvement programme to homes in Central Salford.

Salix Homes Chief Executive Kevin Scarlett said:

"By working with partners, we are creating much-needed employment and training opportunities in Central Salford - an area where young people face huge barriers in finding work. These young people will be top of the league when it comes to securing a job in the future thanks to the hands-on experience and practical learning opportunities that we have been able to provide."

The Rt Hon Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles, said:

"I am very pleased to have attended this event, which recognised how valuable apprenticeships are in getting young people from Salford into work. I want to congratulate these apprentices who are forging ahead with their careers whilst gaining real work experience improving homes in the city, securing the skills and qualifications that will be in demand with employers for years to come."


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Path2Work apprentices and representatives of Salix Homes and partner organisations at Old Trafford.

About Salix Homes

Salix Homes Ltd is helping to deliver Salford City Council's five-year strategy to bring all council housing up to the Decent Homes Standard, a multi-million pound vision for the city.

Salix Homes is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) and is a not-for-profit company responsible for the day-to-day management of 10,600 homes across Central Salford, Rainsough Brow and Beechfarm.

For more information on Salix Homes, please contact Public Relations Officer, Chris Lee on 0161 793 2914.

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