Yesterday, Crest Nicholson unveiled its first ever work experience hub for 14-19 year olds interested in learning vital industry skills at its waterfront development Centenary Quay in Woolston.
The new project will offer students an insight into the construction and housing industry, with opportunities to learn practical skills such as basic plumbing, electrics and carpentry. Careers advice will also be available. This is a launch-pad for the initiative, which will be rolled out nationally later in the year.
The opening of the unit at Centenary Quay was marked by an official ribbon cut with Leader of the Council, Cllr Simon Letts, local schools and members of Southampton City Council coming together for the celebratory occasion. Presentations were given about the ambitions of the new project, followed by tours of the new facility.
Susan Young, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson, said:
“We are hugely excited to announce the opening of the work experience unit at Centenary Quay, as well as our drive to roll this project out across our developments. It is well known that there is a skills shortage within the construction industry, which we wanted to tackle head on as well as help attract young people into the industry. Our work experience project is designed to offer a taster of a career in construction and an opportunity learn basic skills, which we hope will provide students with a strong grounding for their future career, as well as an excellent chance to build up their CV.”
Debbie Aplin, Crest Nicholson, said:
“Our ‘Work Experience Hub’ at Centenary Quay is the first of its kind in the country. This exemplar scheme is helping 14-16 year olds to consider a career in construction and build a new community for Woolston in Southampton.”
Leader of the Council, Cllr Simon Letts, said:
“The Council is working hard to encourage people in their last few years at school to consider construction, as it’s an area where there are real skill shortages in the City. This Hub will play a central role in making this happen.”