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Southdale is recruiting apprentices

Southdale is recruiting apprentices

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Up to 40 construction jobs are up for grabs as a developer looks at a range of projects including one in Blackpool.

Construction and development specialist Southdale is aiming to recruit 40 apprentices by the end of March.

The positions are being created across the North in a variety of on-site trades and office-based positions to support projects on behalf of a number of clients.

Apprentices are required specifically in Blackpool, Wigan, Toxteth, Hull, York, Barnsley, Halifax, Batley, Middlesbrough, Leek, Ellesmere Port and Widnes.

Southdale is aiming to fill a minimum of 50 apprenticeship positions in 2015, double the number created in 2014.

It is currently in discussions on a possible new project in Blackpool, which would see the creation of 30 new homes.

The company is open to flexible apprenticeship options, such as giving part-time work to students on full-time college courses, opening the opportunities up to a wider group of potential candidates.

Claire Preston, learning and development manager at Southdale, said: “Our workload across the North of England means we have a fantastic opportunity to create apprenticeships for at least 50 young people in 2015, and we are looking to fill 80 per cent of those positions in the first quarter.

“We are keen to give opportunities for people to learn their practical skills, alongside the theoretical studies conducted with learning providers, so those who are already enrolled with colleges can also apply.

“One of the most important responsibilities within our industry is to develop young talent for the future, and we want to be able to do that by creating opportunities for people in the areas in which they live.

“We would encourage any young people interested in a trade or office-based apprenticeship to get in touch and find out more.”

Naz Parkar, executive director at the Homes and Communities Agency said:“These apprenticeships, many of which have been made possible by the HCA’s funding for much needed homes, will help the young people in the local area, build the skills needed to secure permanent jobs in the future.”

Anybody who is interested in an apprenticeship with Southdale should e-mail Claire at claire.preston@southdale.co.uk.