Apprenticeship programme creates local jobs for local people

Published Tuesday, 19th December 2017
Mears apprentices
The apprentices with Cllr Dominic Beck

Rotherham Council contract partner Mears continues to provide training opportunities for people in the borough and recently celebrated the achievements of recent apprentice’s at their annual awards.

Mears has supported 49 local apprentices who have achieved 58 qualifications in total, with nine young people still in further learning.  At the awards ceremony, Cllr Dominic Beck presented the two trophies, The Williamson Cup to the ‘outstanding young apprentice’, Jack Norman and the Gartshore Trophy to the ‘outstanding apprentice’, Chelsea Miller.  For the year, a highly commended certificate was also presented  as the finalists were of such high standard.  The trophies have been in existence since 1972 and 1964 respectively, having been passed on to Mears from Rotherham 2010 ALMO.

Gartshore Trophy winner, Chelsea Miller, the first tradeswoman  to win the trophy since the award began in 1964, said: “I am thrilled to have won this award.  Prior to coming to Mears, I was studying Beauty Therapy but decided to change When the opportunity for an electrician’s apprenticeship came up I put myself forward. It was the best thing I have ever done. The programme has helped me gain the skills I need, and is a huge step forward in my career development. I am looking forward to putting all that I have learnt into practice.”

In recent years Mears has also extended apprenticeships opportunities beyond the traditional trades and into areas such as customer service, business and administration and quantity surveying.

Rotherham Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Dominic Beck, said: “Both the Council and our contract partners, Mears and Fortem are committed to providing training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities for local people supported by the Council.

“My personal congratulations go out to everyone on the apprenticeship schemes. It’s great to see so many apprentices excelling and working hard; a credit to themselves and the town. Keep up the great work.”

Mears General Manager, Andrew Chambers, said: “Many of our most senior people started their working life as apprentices.  By offering local people a first step on the career ladder, we are demonstrating our commitment to improving neighbourhoods and improving lives here in Rotherham, and to developing the next generation of our workforce to the very highest standards we can.”

Cllr Beck added, “Mears are also proud to have been recognised recently for their ongoing work by Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce at their 2017 local awards, being awarded the Skills Development Award sponsored by Rotherham Together Partnership.”

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