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Apprentice students lend a hand on council homes scheme for town

Students from New College Stamford with, from left, SKDCs Head of Community Assets, Paul Stokes, Robert Woodhead Construction Site Manager, Andy Mason and Director of Learning at Stamford College, Gary McPartland.

Students from New College Stamford with, from left, SKDCs Head of Community Assets, Paul Stokes, Robert Woodhead Construction Site Manager, Andy Mason and Director of Learning at Stamford College, Gary McPartland.

 

More than 20 students from New College Stamford are getting skills and experience as part of a project to build new council houses.

Four new council properties are being built in Glen Crescent, Stamford, which are comprised of three two bedroom homes and a bungalow.

The work is being carried out by contractors Robert Woodhead Construction.

Apprentices who are studying a variety of trades including joinery, bricklaying, plumbing and electrics, will each get the chance to hone their skills on a real life building site.

Director of learning at the college Gary McPartland, said: “This project is creating the opportunity for these students to improve and hopefully will enhance their job opportunities regionally and locally.

“We are really pleased to be working with Woodheads and the council and we hope that there will be more opportunities like this in the future.”

South Kesteven District Council’s head of community assets Paul Stokes hopes that the students will get the most from this opportunity.

He said: “We are thrilled with the way that this site is progressing and that students are getting the chance to learn from professional tradesmen.

“These four new homes, once completed, will help us to meet the need for more affordable housing within Stamford.”

This development is part of a two year £3m building programme to create 33 new homes in Stamford and Grantham.

Planning permission has also been granted for 20 new properties in Lincoln Road, Stamford, which will be eight single bedroom apartments, eight two bedroom houses, two three bedroom houses and two four bedroom houses.

The development will include a revamp of the play equipment which is currently in place. The garages which were on the site have already been cleared in preparation.

 

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