Em­ploy­ment boost thanks to train­ing scheme

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

FIVE Hilling­don bor­ough res­i­dents are get­ting on the job train­ing thanks to a scheme set up by Aviva In­vestors.

The train­ing po­si­tions in­clude labourer, gate­keeper and elec­tri­cian, among oth­ers and the ap­pren­tices are work­ing at Bel­mont, the new of­fice de­vel­op­ment in Uxbridge town cen­tre.

The du­ra­tion of train­ing varies ac­cord­ing to the trade. As Bel­mont is due to com­plete at the end of this year, the trainees will be trans­ferred to other sites, where McLaren Con­struc­tion which is spear­head­ing the scheme, may be the main con­trac­tor.

Hilling­don res­i­dents on the scheme at Bel­mont in­clude ap­pren­tices Sean Hy­land, Mo­hammed Ali and Ajit Singh Ubhi who have now been em­ployed as elec­tri­cal trainees. Mo­hammed Ali said: “I’m gain­ing a real life ex­pe­ri­ence on site and knowl­edge to­wards a fu­ture pic­ture of be­ing a qual­i­fied elec­tri­cian.”

Peter Den­ness, pro­ject di­rec­tor at McLaren Con­struc­tion, who is over­see­ing the Bel­mont scheme, said: “Al­though it is at an early stage, the pro­gramme of em­ploy­ment and train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties is pro­gress­ing well and should be suc­cess­fully com­pleted dur­ing the pro­ject.”

Ju­lian Cobourne, of Aviva In­vestors, said: “We are de­lighted that Aviva In­vestors is able to fa­cil­i­tate the Hilling­don S106 Con­struc­tion Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment pro­gramme through the re­de­vel­op­ment of Bel­mont, Uxbridge, where we can sup­port lo­cal res­i­dents’ em­ploy­ment and train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

This is an in­no­va­tive scheme but

ques­tions must re­main whether it is

enough”

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