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Coast & Country supports young people to sample the world of construction work

Darren Hall (Galliford Try Ops Manager), Harry Cook (work exp), Kevin Hodgson (Site Manager Galliford Try) and Johanna Watts (C&C) We have welcomed nine young people to undertake work experience at our newest development, The Cliffs in Brotton.

Craig Midgely, Dan Sharkey, Robert Morris, Aaron Peggs, Ben Buttho, Megan McDermott, Liam Norris and Harry Cook, who are aged between 18 and 28 years, spent four weeks on the construction site. They all gained the opportunity through our New Directions programme, which is part of our Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and funded by the European Social Fund.

The New Directions team works with businesses and young people aged 15 – 29 who are not in work, training or education. Services include advice and guidance, mentoring, apprenticeships, further education and work placements to help individuals meet the needs of local employers.

The young people engaged in a number of tasks over the course of their placements with the opportunity to try their hand at general labouring and observe various trades including bricklaying and roofing.

The Cliffs will provide 25 bungalows with care and support delivered to meet a range of needs to enable people to retain their independence for longer.

Johanna Watts, Employer Engagement Officer, said:  “It is part of our philosophy as a Company that everything we do has a positive effect on the communities where we work and offering work experience is just one way we can do this.

“The young people were enthusiastic and engaged and had a really positive few weeks with our team.”

Lauren Kelly, Project Manager said: “We’re always keen to encourage the next generation to get a taste of the world of work and see how a construction site operates on a day-to-day basis. The Cliffs is nearing completion so the young people were able to gain a real insight into the amount of work and range of jobs that go into building a development like this.

“I hope we have whetted their appetite and are able to welcome some of them back on future projects.”

Darren Hall, Operations Manager with the company building The Cliffs – regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships North – added:  “Like our partners on this project, we are keen to support community engagement and create opportunities for men and women and especially for younger people.  I hope their time on site shows them the variety of jobs and professions available in the construction industry and opens doors to help them follow such careers, if they wish.”

The third development to be delivered through the ‘Redcare’ partnership between Coast & Country Housing, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and developer Galliford Try Partnerships North to provide care community housing for older and vulnerable people across Redcar and Cleveland, The Cliffs follows The Dunes in Redcar, which opened in April 2017 and The Shore in Ormesby. It is part-funded with a Homes & Communities Agency grant of £575,000.