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Great Yarmouth Ceilings aims to fill skills shortage through apprenticeships

PUBLISHED: 16:07 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07 08 November 2017

Great Yarmouth Ceilings has hired six apprentices. From left to right are: Marley Hillyard, Olly Gook, Charlie Popay, Tyler Pearcey Quinton, Adam Willetts and Jack Howard. Picture: Great Yarmouth Ceilings

Great Yarmouth Ceilings has hired six apprentices. From left to right are: Marley Hillyard, Olly Gook, Charlie Popay, Tyler Pearcey Quinton, Adam Willetts and Jack Howard. Picture: Great Yarmouth Ceilings

Great Yarmouth Ceilings

A ceiling installation firm has taken on apprentices for the first time in 15 years as it aims to fill a skills shortage.

Great Yarmouth Ceilings has taken on six youngsters on two-year schemes on the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) course in interior systems.

Head of HR Glynis Adams said: “There’s a skills shortage in the construction industry. We were keen to do our bit to encourage more young people to move into this sector. It felt like a natural step for us.”

The apprentices started their new roles with four weeks at the CITB National Construction College in Bircham Newton. From there, a large proportion of their training will be on-the-job and the aim is for all six to become full-time employees once the two years end.

Apprentice Olly Gook said: “I was keen to get into a skilled, hands-on job in the construction industry, but I also wanted to make sure I received the best training along the way and a qualification for the future.”

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