Former Centenary Quay apprentice Holly-Jane Boylan came full circle last week as she returned to Woolston to show the next generation of budding apprentices where she learnt her skills, and to give them a taste for a career in construction.
Holly, who is now a tutor at City College, took 15 of her painting and decorating students on-site, and during the visit said, “I wanted to bring my students here to show them that as an apprentice, every day is different. I know my students appreciated the visit and I look forward to them applying for apprentice roles here in the future, and helping continue the next phases of Centenary Quay.”
Crest Nicholson has always been committed to investing in the next generation and Holly’s visit comes alongside four new local apprentices at Centenary Quay. Rhys Masterman and Jack Lewis started apprentice roles on site for the first time and join Samantha Potts and Callum Ray, who are already hard at work in Woolston. They will all benefit from on-the-job experience, and training whilst they are completing courses in Electrical Engineering and Plumbing at Southampton City College and Eastleigh College.
One of the trainees, Samantha Potts, who lives in Weston and is currently working towards a qualification in Level 2 Plumbing at Eastleigh College said, “This is a great opportunity for me to mix practical on-the-job training with my studies. I look forward to helping Crest push ahead with this development, and play my part in building a new Woolston”.
Crest Nicholson’s Managing Director, Debbie Aplin said:
“Centenary Quay is delivering hundreds of new homes, jobs and facilities to Woolston and we are keen to offer young people living locally the chance to get involved in not only shaping their future but also their living environment.
This apprenticeship programme has offered Holly, Samantha and the other apprentices here at Centenary Quay the opportunity to learn lifelong skills and create places to live in which they can feel proud”.
Councillor Daniel Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Education and Change, said:
“The Employment and Skills Plan agreed by the Council and Crest Nicholson is creating excellent opportunities for residents in the city. I am delighted to see Crest Nicholson’s continued commitment to helping local young people gain the skills they need to build a brighter future, both for themselves and their communities, and Holly’s story is an inspiration to others. So far the project at Centenary Quay has created 27 apprenticeships, with many more still to come. As a development partner at Centenary Quay, the Council is supporting them every step of the way.”