Young Liverpool duo secure chance of a career in construction with placement on £1bn scheme

Mark Sloan, 17, and Adam Hughes,19, are currently on a traineeship programme at Blackburne House in Liverpool and their work placement will form an essential part of this employability programme

From left, Adam Hughes, Danny Cocker, Mark Sloan on the site of the £1bn Knowledge Quarter project in Liverpool

 

Construction giant Morgan Sindall is offering two young Liverpool men a chance of a career in the building sector with a 10-week placement at the £1bn Paddington Village project.

Mark Sloan, 17, and Adam Hughes,19, are currently on a traineeship programme at Blackburne House in Liverpool. The work placement will form an essential part of this employability programme.

Mark and Adam come from Toxteth and Allerton respectively and the ultimate aim is to get both into jobs or apprenticeships with Morgan Sindall or one of its sub-contractors. Both have taken part in similar schemes in the past, but there haven’t been any real opportunities for them to work towards.

The traineeship programme at Blackburne House, working in close partnership with Morgan Sindall, gives them a real chance and a “foot in the door” with a major employer.

Existing Morgan Sindall team members are also developing their skills. Danny Cocker, a key operative, and the first person to be directly employed on the site, has enrolled on a management apprenticeship to boost his skills.

Danny, who lives on the Wirral and is helping to prepare the Paddington Village site during this important first phase of work, will be undertaking an ILM NVQ Level 3 qualification in leadership and management practice.

Morgan Sindall now has a team of 16 people working on the site. Apart from the specialist trades, the majority of the team come from the Merseyside area.

Barry Roberts, area director for Morgan Sindall in the North West, said: “It’s fantastic to have Mark and Adam joining us on site at Paddington Village, and always brilliant to see people like Danny with enthusiasm, talent and ambition making the most of opportunities to advance their careers and grow their skillsets.

“This is a very exciting project and one that will have a major impact on the Liverpool city region, so it’s a great place to learn and grow in experience.

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