Apprentice Steve joins over 50 local people employed at Friargate

The Coventry and Warwickshire Shared Apprenticeship Scheme has placed the first apprentice onto the Friargate development.

Steve Jenkinson, aged 18 from Coventry, began working as a carpentry apprentice for lead contractor Bowmer and Kirkland in January. Two bricklaying apprentices are also set to commence work in May, joining more than 50 local people already employed at the site.

Steve said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time on site so far and have been picking up lots of new skills. It’s good to be able to work on such a big project and to be able to contribute to something that will change the way that Coventry looks.”

Paul Kelly, Bowmer & Kirkland Project Manager said “It’s been great to welcome Steve on to the site. He’s been doing really well and settled in to the team nicely. We are very proud to not just be working in Coventry but also supporting a great apprenticeship scheme.

“Hopefully this placement will equip Steve with some valuable skills and experience which he can carry throughout his career.”

Cllr Kevin Maton, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Employment and Enterprise, said: “The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme has been an incredibly successful way of giving local young people access to careers in construction.

“It’s great to see that Steve is helping construct the Council’s new offices at Friargate which will link the city’s new building district to the retail centre, and will transform the entry to the city from the rail station.”

The Construction Shared Apprenticeship Scheme supports young people into construction apprenticeships and seeks exciting new opportunities for them.

The apprentice team will also be working with Bowmer and Kirkland to give guided site tours for up to 100 school children, providing a flavour of life on a construction site and an insight into careers in the industry.

To find out more about the Coventry and Warwickshire Shared Apprenticeship scheme please contact scheme co-ordinator Pete Brady on 07768776771