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Apprentices - you're hired!

Dudley's North Priory regeneration scheme apprenticesThree teenage apprentices studying at Dudley College have landed jobs at a busy construction team at Dudley's North Priory regeneration scheme.

Their first working day saw a warm welcome and site tour led by Keepmoat Homes partnership manager Richard Moore.

"You are joining us at a really exciting time.  This is a landmark development for the area and I am sure that you will find it very rewarding to play your part in North Priory's regeneration," he told trainee site supervisor Simon Dorrance, 19; apprentice bricklayer Steven Barnbrook, 18; and apprentice joiner Jack James, 16; who lives in the North Priory area.

The apprentices will be employed for up to two years with off-site training at Dudley College.  "This will be a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain valuable practical experience alongside gaining qualifications," said Sarah Johnson Apprenticeship team leader at Dudley College.

"The qualifications and practical experience will be really useful - and so will the money," said Simon, who has started his role at North Priory while Steven and Jack will start their training at a Keepmoat Homes site in Wolverhampton before moving to North Priory in the New Year.

Among those supporting the apprentices on their first day were Dudley College curriculum manager for construction Phil Hinton with his colleagues Sarah Johnson, Tracy Owen Jones and David Forrest.