Local apprentices hired for housing project

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Six local lads are busy building their careers on site at a housing project in Mansfield.

The five apprentices and a trainee site manager are working on the Extra Care over-55s homes scheme at Poppy Fields (formerly Brownlow Road).

Of the apprentices, Jamie Fudge and Callum Clarke are bricklaying, Josh Jacklin works on joinery, and Christian Allen and Thomas Seagrave are ndertaking a range of jobs as general construction operatives. All five are also studying in their respective fields at West Nottinghamshire College.

Josh said: “I’m originally from Devon but moved to Mansfield five months ago with my family. So far I am really enjoying my time on site. The team welcomed me in and I have settled very quickly.”

Poppy Fields is being developed by regeneration firm Keepmoat on behalf of Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Samuel Bispham is the trainee site manager and studies construction and the built environment. He said: “I applied for the role at Keepmoat when it was advertised at the college.I’m ambitious and saw this as the perfect opening.”

Mayor Tony Egginton said: “We’re delighted to see young people in Mansfield given the opportunity to take up these apprenticeships.”