WDH apprentices help students build new skills
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WDH apprentices help students build new skills

Published 11 March 2015

Two WDH apprentices visited a class of construction students in Hemsworth to promote the start of WDH’s 2015 apprenticeship scheme.

Cody Haley, an apprentice bricklayer and Alfie Coney, an apprentice plasterer, discussed their WDH apprenticeships with students from Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy, who are studying for a Level 2 construction qualification, during a visit last Tuesday (4 March). They also talked about their experiences in the scheme so far and gave advice about the application process and how to make themselves stand out as potential candidates.

Cody and Alfie answered a variety of questions about the scheme and gave information about the range of trades now recruiting.

Steve Warrillow, a Construction Tutor at the Academy, said “They were extremely helpful and answered the students’ questions with enthusiasm. It’s great that there are schemes in place to encourage local people to work in their local area, especially for such a large employer with a successful scheme in place.”

Faye Pass, WDH’s Apprentice Review Officer, said “It’s really encouraging that apprentices like Cody and Alfie are enthusiastic about the scheme. That they now have the confidence to come and discuss their work with young people thinking about a career in construction shows just how much they are benefitting from working as a WDH apprentice.”

Next week the class at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy will visit Hawthorne Court, one of WDH’s new build sites in Crofton, to see the kind of work apprentices do and how a WDH apprenticeship will prepare them for a career in construction. For more information about becoming a WDH apprentice visit www.wdh.co.uk/apprenticeships or come to WDH’s open evening: 5.30 – 7.30pm 11 March at Merefield House, Whistler Drive, Castleford, WF10 5HX

Closing date for applications is 19 March.

 

 

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A thank you from Chief Executive, Andy Wallhead
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A thank you from Chief Executive, Andy Wallhead

Published 27 March 2020

27 March 2020

Although we are approaching the weekend, I want to assure you that WDH will be continuing to work around the clock to support you and keep you and your homes safe. I would  also like to offer thanks for the amount of support and appreciation you have shown for our teams in the most challenging of times. This support has meant a lot to them and is helping them to get through the most challenging of times for us all.

As I mentioned earlier this week, we have now had to reduce some of our services so we can prioritise our people and resources where you need them most. This means only completing emergency repairs and essential work and reducing face to face contact wherever we can. We are posting regular updates on the status of our services here.

A number of you have asked what we are doing to support people across our communities who may be struggling more than most. We are working with Wakefield Council and a number of other key agencies across the district to provide resources where they are needed. I am aware that you might also want to get involved and Wakefield Council have set up a website where you can find opportunities to help. If you or someone you know needs extra support at this time, you can direct them to the Community Hubs which have been set up across the district.  Further information can be found here.

I would like to, again, highlight the support that is available to anyone who is struggling financially or is now looking for work. Our Cash Wise and Debt Teams can provide support and our Community Employment Advisors are looking for candidates to fill a number of vacancies that are emerging across the district at the moment.

These are unprecedented, challenging times for all of us and I appreciate your patience and understanding.

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