NATIONAL housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat, has extended its contract with Thurrock Council for a programme of internal refurbishments on a further 3,230 properties.
Having established a successful partnership with the council over the last two years, carrying out improvement works on almost 4,000 homes, Keepmoat is delighted to be able to continue raising the standard of council homes in the area into 2018.
Works will involve installation of new bathrooms, kitchens and central heating as well as replacement windows and front entrance doors. In addition, Keepmoat will provide new insulated roof coverings, boiler renewals, cavity wall insulation, re-wiring and upgrades to fascias, soffits and gutters.
Barry McCarthy, regeneration director at Keepmoat, comments: “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with the council on the Transforming Homes Programme. Not only have we been able to make a real difference to residents’ lives by giving them lovely new homes and helping reduce household energy bills, but the programme has also given us the opportunity to help local young people into work with apprenticeship places.”
Since its partnership with Thurrock Council began in 2013, Keepmoat has employed 8 apprentices on various refurbishment projects within the borough, making up the 400 apprentices that Keepmoat has pledged to employ across the UK.
The new contract with Thurrock has enabled Keepmoat to provide funding for additional apprentices like Nathan Tyrrell, exceeding their set targets. Nathan has completed his first apprenticeship at Keepmoat’s South Ockendon office.
Commenting on his experience, Nathan said: “The apprenticeship has given me tonnes of hands on experience, which I feel is the best way to learn about the industry. I’ve learnt something new every day!”
Nathan, along with all of Keepmoat’s apprentices, will be supported by Keepmoat’s newly-appointed project and skills manager, Mark Burley.
With 26 years of working in local authority learning & development, and community development roles, Mark joins the company at a time when skills shortages in construction are high on the political and indeed the industry’s agenda.
Commenting on his new role, Mark said: “If construction in general, and house building in particular, is to thrive we must attract people into our incredibly diverse industry and give them the necessary skills to be successful. Keepmoat already has an impressive track record around apprenticeships and my job is to maintain and enhance the work currently undertaken on a national level.
“I will also be involved in working with clients and communities to develop social programmes where Keepmoat can play a key part in improving people’s lives, while developing their homes.”