Two Local Apprentices Join the Leeds PIPES Project

Two students from Leeds College of Building have joined the Vital team as apprentices working on the £35m Leeds PIPES scheme after impressing project managers during a trial working period.

Working with Leeds College of Building’s Work Placement Officers, eight full-time students were chosen to experience working on a live site for a period of 4 weeks in the hope of being selected to fill the two apprenticeship positions on offer.

During the placement the students worked alongside our installation team installing new heating brackets and pipework in the Lincoln Green area, whilst being able to experience the daily operations of a real-life site environment.

After a successful trial period, two of the students, Connor Jolley and Daniel Fyfield, were offered the apprenticeships with us as a result of their performance. Daniel explained, “I am grateful for this opportunity from Vital Energi to be able to gain knowledge and experience whilst working alongside an experienced workforce in the industry.’’

Rob Falcon, Project Director commented, “We are carrying out a range of commitments to make sure the Leeds city region fully benefit from the Leeds PIPES project. We are pleased to be able to offer local students from Leeds College of Building hands-on work placements on a project taking place in their own city. As a result, the scheme has gained two more valuable team members and the students can benefit from onsite training and experience.”

Cllr Jonathan Pryor, Executive Members for Learning, Skills and Employment said, “We are delighted that through the delivery of a council contract to deliver Leeds PIPES, two young people have been successful to undertake an apprenticeship opportunity with Vital. This project has provided other young people with a valuable work experience placement.”

As part of our commitment to the Leeds city region, we aim to ensure that the wider community benefits from the Leeds PIPES scheme, with the apprenticeship initiative being just one example.

It has been great for us to work with Leeds College of Building to attract talented apprentices to the project. Meanwhile, the other students can now include this work experience on their CVs which will be of great benefit to help start their careers.

We would like to both thank and congratulate all of the students for their involvement and wish them all the best for their careers.

Read more about the Leeds PIPES Network by clicking here.

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