Apprentices Jack Thompson, Hassan Raza and Connor Halford (pictured left to right).

Family business A Connolly Ltd has taken on three new apprentices to work on projects for Six Town Housing, which manages properties on behalf of Bury Council.

Hassan Raza, Jack Thompson and Connor Halford, all from Bury, are part of a new intake of 12 apprentices employed by the Wigan-based contractor in partnership with Procure Plus.

They will be supporting the installation of new kitchens and bathrooms in over 250 homes in Chesham Fold, Bury, and within Prestwich village, for Six Town Housing.

Hassan, 19, is an apprentice plasterer while Jack and Connor, both 18, are apprentice joiners and all three will be attending Bury College from September.

Hassan has been working as a bricklayer for two years and had planned to attend a year-long bridging course at university but when the course was cancelled due to a lack of students he decided to opt for a plastering apprenticeship with A Connolly Ltd.

He is keen to progress within the sector and hopes to secure a role in site management in the future.

Jack was originally set for a career in football but after opting to move away from sport he chose a joinery apprenticeship.

“Me and my dad do a little bit of decking at the weekend and I enjoy doing that,” explained Jack. “I am really enjoying the work at Connolly and it is nice to learn new skills.”

The apprenticeships have been awarded through a collaboration between Connolly, Six Town Housing’s tenant employment programme Steps To Success and Procure Plus.

Paul Webb, business manager for sustainability and investment at Six Town Housing, said: “Connolly is investing in our communities and supporting local construction by providing life changing career opportunities to young people from within the borough.”

A Connolly Ltd, which has built a solid reputation within the social housing sector over the past 35 years, has a history of investing in communities, from work experience placements and mentoring schemes to creating legacy projects with residents.

Kerry Whittle, business development leader at A Connolly, said: “The construction sector is facing an unprecedented skills shortage with an ageing workforce and not enough skilled young people coming into the industry – a situation which looks set to be further exacerbated by Brexit.

“It has never been more important to invest in the future workforce and Connolly is proud to continue its tradition of training and employing young people from the areas in which it is working.”

Mark Wilson, regeneration manager at Procure Plus added: “Connolly’s commitment to employing local people helps our communities prosper and this re-investment is very important. We have worked with Connolly for many years and we know that apprentices at Connolly will be trained and developed to the highest standard.”

Photo: Jack Thompson, Hassan Raza and Connor Halford (pictured left to right).

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