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Apprentice Benefits From Selby Leisure Centre Re-Build

Natasha Plevey 040314

11:48am 4th March 2014

An exciting new career beckons for one of the district's young people as Selby District Council's new leisure centre begins to take shape.

The project, which is due to be completed in early 2015, has given 20-year-old Natasha Plevey a valuable opportunity, as she begins an apprenticeship in business administration.  Natasha who is employed by Futureworks on their YORfuture Shared Apprenticeship Scheme, is currently working with construction company Wates, who are building the new centre.

The apprenticeship came about because Selby District Council made creating jobs for young people part of the requirement for the chosen construction company for the new leisure centre. News of Natasha's apprenticeship comes during National Apprenticeship Week 2014, a week designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, firms and the UK economy as a whole.

Pictured above is Natasha, who is following in her father's footsteps into the building trade, is pictured here enjoying her duties, which include working with architects' drawings and keeping track of invoices. She spends one day a week on release to Selby College, where she is pursuing an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration.

She said: "As the only female on site it was a bit daunting at first, but I am really enjoying it. This is a bit of a change for me because I started off learning hairdressing. I soon realised that I enjoyed being on the computer and filing more than the actual cutting and styling, so I applied for the apprenticeship scheme.

"It's really good to be working on the new leisure centre because I used to swim at the old centre when I was at school. It will be a fantastic facility for the whole community when it is finished. I would love to stay in the building trade and this is the perfect launch-pad for my career. There is always lots happening on site, but I love to be busy and to make a difference. It has given me so much confidence."

Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Gillian Ivey, said: "We hope this will be the first of many opportunities for young people in the district. It's a real positive arising from the fire, which at the time was of course very sad. On-the-job training is so valuable for young people and allows them to move on to long-term good-quality careers. Selby District Council will do everything it can to help young people be more employable."

The re-build of the leisure centre, on the site of the former Abbey Leisure Centre, will deliver brand new fitness and swimming facilities for the district in a state-of-the-art building. The centre will provide a larger gym, health and fitness suite, multi-purpose activity hall, fitness studio, an all-weather sports pitch, sauna and steam room. There will be two swimming pools - a training pool and a six-lane 25m pool.

David Price, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction, Yorkshire, commented: "Investing in new developments brings with it a valuable means to investing in the workforce of the future and we share a strong commitment with the council to ensure that training and employment opportunities are created for local people throughout the build. Site preparations at the new leisure centre in Selby are going well and we're very pleased to welcome Natasha to the team as we prepare to embark on this exciting new scheme."

Anthony Knowles, Head of Apprenticeships at the National Apprenticeship Service said: "An Apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future."

Apprenticeships deliver for a whole range of industries, from construction to manufacturing through to IT and the creative and digital sector.

Apprenticeships increase business productivity while providing high quality training for young people and adult learners, making former apprentices more employable than those with other qualifications.

They also deliver for young people, allowing them to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. That is why we are committed to making Apprenticeships the new norm for ambitious young people.

To find out more about National Apprenticeship Week please click here.

More information about the build can be found by clicking here.

And information about leisure services is available by clicking here.

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