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Local carpentry apprentice enhances career on Amazon construction site

Published Thursday, 17 August 2017

A local apprentice is furthering his construction career on the new Amazon building at Lyons Park as part of a Council apprenticeship initiative.

•	Kane, apprentice at Winvic at the new Amazon warehouse site

Kane Davey, aged 19 from Binley in Coventry, is the first apprentice from the Construction Shared Apprenticeship Scheme to be placed on the new development in Coundon, which will be a national distribution centre for the online retail giant, Amazon.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said:
“Kane is employed through our award winning Shared Apprenticeship Scheme. It’s fantastic to see a local lad getting his first break on such a huge site which will create even more jobs for local people once it’s up and running.”
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“I’m passionate about making sure that Coventry residents see the benefits of all of the projects that are underway across the city, and Kane is a great example of how we are working hard to make the most of these opportunities at every stage and in every new development.”

The Lyon’s Park site was a former plant for Jaguar Cars but is now being redeveloped into a new distribution facility in excess of 40,000 square metres in floor space by Winvic Construction.

Winvic Construction are the most recent contractors supporting apprenticeships, local employment and training and they join a growing list including BAM, Bowmer & Kirkland, Galliford Try, Vinci and George Downing Construction.

The Council have implemented Employment and Skills Plans on most major developments within Coventry. The plans maximise the benefits the construction project will have on the local area, by encouraging contractors to utilise local companies in their supply chain, promote employment opportunities to local people, engage with the local community and provide apprenticeship opportunities.

Kane said:
“I’m really enjoying working on the Amazon warehouse and getting stuck into the world of work. I’ll be working with the carpentry contractors on site, fitting kitchen units, hanging doors and fitting window boards. It’s great to think I’ll be part of such a huge site and a landmark construction and I hope this is just the first site of many as I begin my career.”

Rebecca Schwarz from Winvic said:
“We’re delighted to be able to help Kane in his first steps on the career ladder; working alongside experienced staff is a great way for him to learn the skills that are key to his trade and we're excited to see where his apprenticeship will take him next”

The Coventry & Warwickshire Construction Shared Apprenticeship Scheme is a collaboration between BAM Construct UK, Coventry City Council and local colleges that supports local people aged 16 - 24 to develop careers within the construction industry. To date, the programme has provided 64 construction related apprenticeship opportunities for young Coventry people.

All places on the scheme using the current funding are allocated however for further information please contact Pete Brady, Shared Apprenticeship Scheme Co-ordinator on:-

Phone: 07768 776771

The Coventry & Warwickshire Shared Apprenticeship Scheme is partly funded by the European Social Fund through the Youth Employment Initiative.

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