Contractors working on the regeneration of the eastern side of the Gascoigne Estate have revealed plans to engage the local community through apprenticeships.
Bouygues UK, appointed by Barking and Dagenham Council and East Thames to build an energy centre and 381 of the 1,575 new homes at the site, is working with Barking Job Shop and local colleges to source candidates for a number of opportunities for local people. These are offered in formwork, electrical, plumbing, brickwork, carpentry and site management.
Five residents have already been supported into apprenticeships directly with Bouygues UK and its subcontractors. Another two will be recruited this month.
Barking and Dagenham college student Peri Kalay started in May as the project’s first female trade apprentice with Woodhurst Construction, a subcontractor on the scheme. Kalay, who will start her Level 2 course at the college in September 2017, said: “I was immediately accepted as part of the bricklaying team, I fitted in really well with my colleagues and have made loads of new friends – everybody has been so supportive towards me.
“For any other woman wanting to work on a building site the one bit of advice I would give is to think positive and then go for it.”
Along with the new homes, the Gascoigne East Masterplan will deliver a primary and secondary school, green spaces and a community centre over the next nine years. This is part of Barking and Dagenham Council’s Estates Renewal Programme.
Phase one includes 421 homes – 200 for affordable rent and 221 for shared ownership.
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