COMING soon to a home near you, the newest batch of apprentices at Kier Sheffield LLP, who will be hard at work over the coming weeks and months helping maintain and repair Sheffield City Council’s housing stock and municipal buildings.
A total of 17 youngsters aged 16 to 25 have started work at the Manor Lane-based company to learn trades on the job. As part of Kier’s commitment to customer service, Infinite Training have been working with teams throughout the region, delivering an effective program of customer service skills designed to enhance the customer experience and continue to improve the service provided to customers.
John Hallam, Infinite Training’s director, said “We are delighted to be working with Kier Sheffield LLP. Developing a program for apprentices was a great project for our team. We pride ourselves on our ability to create bespoke training programmes for a variety of roles and trades. In this case we were able to adapt the successful customer service training programme we had delivered to Kier in Hull, Barnsley and Boston. It’s great to be part of the Kier commitment to customer excellence.”
Kier’s regional managing director for maintenance, Simon Bullen said: “We are committed to helping young people develop careers in many different construction trades. It is important that, as a sector, we continue to invest in the future generation.
“Delivering on our promises for education, training and employment is beneficial for the people in the areas in which we work and we strive to have a positive impact on local communities for young people as well as adults.”
Three of the apprentices were offered their jobs after completing placements with the company, two of whom had been involved with the City Stewardship Programme, through which disadvantaged young people volunteer to help with work to improve housing estates.
One of the successful candidates, Nathan Fairfax, 19, from Charnock, said: “I was working on the City Stewardship Programme for nine months, which has given me an insight into what Kier does.
“I enjoyed my placement and decided that I would like to work full time for Kier because as a company it’s thoroughly committed to developing its employees.
“I applied to become a bricklayer and was delighted when I was chosen.”
Pam Ellis, Infinite Training director, is keen to extend the programme. “The feedback from the apprentices on the programme was both positive and encouraging demonstrating the value of investment in this type of training”. Commenting on the training the delegate’s said ” It was interactive and fun, we really enjoyed the group sessions, role play and learning essential skills and felt comfortable taking part” Pam Ellis said “The apprentices showed great potential, I’m sure they have a bright future with Kier, it’s very rewarding to help them on their way to future success”