Twelve Sheffield young people have taken the next step towards their long term career by becoming the latest apprentices helping to make the Streets Ahead project a success.

The group, aged between 16 and 24, fought off stiff competition to secure training contracts with Sheffield City Council’s Streets Ahead Contractor Amey.

Working in a variety of areas, including business administration, finance, mechanics, signage, highway maintenance and arboriculture, the new trainees have already attended a welcome event where they were able to meet each other and get stuck into some team building activities.

During their time on the project the apprentices will gain experience in their chosen trades, in addition to undertaking NVQ training at Sheffield College. They will also work towards gaining the Duke of Edinburgh’s Business Gold award.
The appointments continue Sheffield City Council’s commitment to tackling unemployment in the city, by training young people and supporting them to gain qualifications and long-term career prospects.

Sheffield City Council Leader, Julie Dore said: “Not only is the Streets Ahead project making the streets of Sheffield better and safer, it’s creating jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for young people across the city.

“The young people who are taking on these apprenticeship roles are the ones that will deliver our future highway services and therefore investing in them now and putting them on the road to success is beneficial to both them and Sheffield.”

Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “As a city we need young people with the right skills and apprenticeships are a key part of creating a workforce for the future. That’s why we are so pleased to welcome these 12 young people to the Streets Ahead project.”

What the apprentices think:
Joe Poulton, 18, Arboriculture, said:
“I was attracted to an apprenticeship in Arboriculture as it’s a good industry to be in and really good for progression. It’s also an outdoor role which I like. I’m already learning a lot and I’m looking forward to a long-term career in Arboriculture; the more I learn the more I enjoy it. I like that I can learn the skills that I need whilst on the job, but the theory behind it all at college.”

Kyle Leach, 16, Signs, said:
“An apprenticeship in signs interested me as I have a passion for engineering and an interest in graphics. I also wasn’t interested in staying at school; I liked the idea of learning on the job and starting on the road to my career, whilst getting paid at the same time.”

Lewis Oxley, 21, Business Administration, said:
“I am really enjoying working as a team and I like that I have the opportunity to learn and earn at the same time. Amey is a great place to work and build a career. I can already see opportunities to move up the career ladder in the future.”

Streets Ahead is a city-wide project with the aim of bringing up to standard the city’s roads, pavements, streetlights and streetscene.