Keepmoat apprentices head to Claro Barracks to be put through their paces

THIRTY-TWO talented apprentices employed by social housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat and YORfuture have been put through their paces at Claro Barracks for the Armed Forces Employability Pathways course.


The apprentices, most aged between 18 and 24, spent a week away at the Claro Barracks in Ripon on the ‘Be the Best’ course provided by the Army for National Apprenticeship Week, which runs Monday 9th March to Friday 13th March 2015.


The apprentices, employed on the Leeds housing regeneration project, delivering refurbishment work to more than 1,200 homes across the city in partnership with Keepmoat and Leeds City Council, were given the exciting opportunity to learn the importance of collaborative working and personal development in a fun environment.


The group were tested on leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills, along with personal development including motivation, communication and organisation skills through a series of action packed events.


The apprentices also had the chance to get hands on with weapons and explosives, thanks to the Royal Engineers and the Army Air Corps, who gave a demonstration on bomb disposal and a guided tour around a Lynx helicopter.


Elliot Fuller, Bricklayer Apprentice said:

“The ‘Be the Best’ Course has been a great adventure that has taught me the importance of working together as a team, as well as giving me tips for my own personal development as an apprentice.”


Mark Scott, Director for Futureworks (Yorkshire), added:

“At Futureworks (Yorkshire), through the YORfuture Shared apprenticeship scheme, we pride ourselves in providing the very best opportunities for young people including personal development through the ‘Be the Best’ programme.


“We are delighted to be working with Keepmoat on the Leeds housing regeneration project in order to provide apprentice career opportunities. I’d like to encourage more young people to consider construction and the wider careers available in the sector.”


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