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Apprentices build new jobs with Clan

Clan Contracting has taken on two young bricklaying apprentices as full time operatives following their completion of a shared apprenticeship programme, managed in collaboration with Fusion21.

Twenty-year old Adam Holden and twenty-year old Paul Molphy (pictured, right) have successfully completed their three and two year training courses repsectively, both having spent a period of this time with Clan. The decision to take the pair on full time came upon completion of their programmes and a longer spell with the firm.

Damian Meyers, Managing Director of Clan Contracting explained: “Both Adam and Paul really impressed us with their commitment to learn and work hard to develop their skills and understand their trade during their time with us. Their attitudes and approach encouraged us to increase the period of involvement with us which eventually ran until the end of the programme.”

The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme allows apprentices to complete a full apprenticeship programme by working with a number of different employers, to gain the skill sets they require to become qualified. It has been set up to help employers who want to support the development of skills while working on regional contracts, but are not in a position to offer a full term apprenticeship, and who wish to support training the future workforce.

Adam has now secured his Gold CSCS qualification in Bricklaying and is delighted to have secured full time employment with Clan. He said: “I began working with Clan around 12 months ago. I was only expecting to stay around six months and then start work with another contractor but the placement went really well. I’ve had a lot of support from the people I work with and I’ve learnt lots on the job whilst still going to college each week.”

Paul Molphy from Kirby is also keen to carry on learning at Clan and has already begun full time employment with the firm. He added: “I understood that once my apprenticeship was completed there wasn’t a guarantee of a job at the end so I’m really pleased to have been offered permanent employment through Clan. As I’ve already been working for them for the past year, I know most of the team and am really comfortable here – it’s not like I have to start again. “

Danielle McGivern, Community RegenerationSupport Officer at Fusion21 added: I would really like to congratulate both lads on their achievements and say how proud I am of them. They have both worked so hard and been outstanding on every placement they have been on. I am especially proud of Adam as he is the 1st apprentice to complete level 3. I would also like to thank Damian and the team at CLAN for the ongoing support they have shown to Fusion21 and the apprentices throughout the program. I look forward to continuing to work with CLAN in the future.”