Skills Training Co-ordinator Appointed for Sherford

30 September 2016 | Apprentices, College News, Construction & the Building Trades

Steven Ricketts - Sherford Skills Coordinator

Steven Ricketts has joined City College Plymouth as the Sherford Skills Training Scheme Co-ordinator. His role is integral to the Sherford Consortium’s commitment to ensure that local people play a significant role in the building of the innovative new community on the outskirts of Plymstock and Plympton.

The development of Sherford will be a major boost to the local economy and see 5,500 affordable and open market homes, along with schools, shops and leisure facilities, built over the next 20 years. The Consortium is a joint partnership between Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Taylor Wimpey.

The construction will require a large number of skilled workers across various trades including roofers, carpenters, dryliners, bricklayers, ground workers, scaffolders, electricians, plumbers, plasterers and painters. Steven’s main objective is to get as many young people as possible involved in building the new town through Apprenticeships, vocational NVQs, work experience, work placements and school visits. He will work closely with contractors to generate training and employment opportunities for local people, helping to create a sustainable and long-term skills base in the local construction sector.

Steven first came to Plymouth in 1998 to study a degree in social policy, followed by an MA in business management. In the early days of his career, he helped unemployed people into work in East London in one of the most deprived communities in the UK. Returning to Plymouth in 2006, he was elected as a Plymouth City Councillor, which he is still doing to this day. His career has continued to focus on getting people into employment, most recently specialising in Apprenticeships and helping European citizens to find work placements in the City.

“I believe that Sherford is a landmark development for Plymouth and the surrounding area that will encourage local people, from all different backgrounds, to work in the construction industry,” said Steven.

“Jobs in the construction industry are often well paid compared to average wage levels in the South West and I am keen to stimulate employment opportunities for young people and for those who have not considered the construction sector as a fulfilling career choice. The Sherford Skills Training Scheme will not only provide great prospects for school leavers wanting a career in construction but also for people wanting to upskill, change their career path or return to work. It will generate opportunities for practical training and qualifications, giving greater access to permanent employment and career development.”

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