Young apprentice builders have been given the chance to practice their skills on the Fosters scheme for older people construction project currently taking shape in Woodley.
James Pullen, a trainee installation electrician from Bracknell and Wokingham College took part in a work experience scheme at the site under the watchful eye of the builder, RJ Leighfields.
Andrew Thorn, Contract Surveyor says “James has been able to put his studies into practice, assisting the site electricians with their installations of vital trunking and cabling for the development”.
When completed the Fosters scheme which is being built by Wokingham Borough Council’s developer, Wokingham Housing Limited (WHL), will consist of 34 self-contained apartments, all with a private balcony or private ground floor terrace. Residents will also have the use of communal facilities including two lounges and a kitchen and dining area. The apartments will allow older people to live in the security and privacy of their own home, with the help of additional facilities and care staff to enable then to live independently.
Bill Flood, Managing Director of WHL said: “It is a great spin-off that as well as building much needed affordable homes for Wokingham Borough residents, we are also able to provide young people with real practical training opportunities to learn about construction. With a shortage of homes and the skills to build them, any small part we can play in contributing to the building industry growing and improving the skill set available has to be welcomed.”