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Councillor spends productive day with Economy and Jobs team and apprentices

Published Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A city Councillor has been out and about discovering how a Council team is delivering the Jobs and Growth Strategy throughout Coventry.

Cllr Brown meets young construction apprentices
Cllr Brown meets young shared construction apprentices

Councillor Richard Brown, Deputy Cabinet member for Business, Enterprise and Employment, recently spent a very busy day with members of the Council’s Economy and Jobs Service, visiting various teams to see how the strategy is being implemented.

At the start of his day, he visited the BAM Construction site on Whitefriars Lane - where work on a new University building is taking place - where he met Bailey Keith and Jake Eppy, both of whom have been working on the site as placements through the City Councils ‘Construction Shared Apprentice Scheme’.

He was able to chat with both of them to discover first-hand about how the scheme has broken down many of the barriers for young people wanting to get into construction, and has allowed them to gain so much experience by working on a ‘live’ site.

Cllr Brown also learnt about the social value benefits that are being achieved, which include school visits to site and careers talks and also learnt about the support the Economy & Jobs Team offers to local businesses, their innovation projects, and also international and investment work they carry out.

The day concluded with a visit to the Job Shop where he took part in a ‘SPIES’ (Supporting People Into Employment Scheme) session for young people at the Job Shop in Bull Yard, which included a talk on careers advice and guidance around CV’s and interviews.

Cllr Richard Brown said:
“It was a great opportunity to spend some valuable time with our Economy and Jobs Service team members, and to discover at close quarters the hard work they’re putting in to support more and more of the city’s young people into apprenticeship placements, or full time employment.

“Both Bailey and Jake explained how beneficial the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme had been for them and it has emphasised just how important our partnership working can be to both job seekers and local employers.

“I really enjoyed my time spent with the team and it’s vital that we see first-hand just how much work is done behind the scenes in terms of supporting our young people into employment and subsequently aiding the growth of local businesses within Coventry”.


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