The Dickens Yard Developer, St George, has taken on two engineering apprentices as part of their agreement with the council to help boost employment in the borough. More trainees are expected to start on site as the project progresses and the council will encourage other developers of major new schemes to also commit to taking on apprentices.
Ealing Council has recruited more than 90 apprentices since it launched its own apprenticeship scheme and 45 are currently in post, with the next vacancies being advertised in April. The council’s Regeneration team recently hosted a business breakfast to encourage more local employers to sign-up.
Leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “We’re committed to do all we can to bring new jobs to Ealing. The apprenticeship scheme is an excellent way to help people take their first step on the career ladder. It is great that the Dickens Yard development is giving people the chance to learn a new trade and I hope a lot more developers will follow suit. We will certainly be doing all we can to encourage this kind of initiative.”