Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) was delighted to welcome tenants into their new homes on an innovative development built by WCHG apprentices on Gladeside Road in Wythenshawe, south Manchester.
These 6 two bedroomed bungalows for affordable rent were built by 35 apprentices and trainees from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and The Manchester College. They were mentored by roofers, plasters, plumbers, electricians and painter and decorators from WCHG on the site, overseen by Wiggett Construction.
Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of WCHG explains: “What better way to learn the job than by working with experienced colleagues to build homes in the heart of the community we serve. Our Apprentices have risen to the challenge and we are delighted with their progress and also with the result.”
Mr and Mrs Walker, who moved in last week, are happy to agree; “We are really pleased with our new home. We decided to down-size because we had a 3 bedroomed family home and we really needed something more suited to our current needs. This bungalow is just down the road from our old home and we couldn’t be happier. We are impressed with the standard of the work and think it is brilliant that the young apprentices have been able to learn on this job. Congratulations to them for a fantastic job.”
Apprentice Kirsty Sales, an apprentice joiner, was on hand to present a bouquet of flowers to Mr and Mrs Walker and wish them all the very best in their new home.
Eddy Newman, Chair of WCHG, said; “We have always had a proud tradition of employing local people and our Apprentice scheme is one of many initiatives we have to support local people into employment. These young apprentices, all from local schools and colleges, are an excellent example of what is possible with the right training and support.”
During the building of these properties, local MP Mike Kane visited the site on a freezing cold day earlier this year. Mike said; “It’s fabulous to see this unique development completed and to a high standard. It’s a testament to the capability of the young people involved and what can be achieved when you give people a chance.”
These two bedroomed bungalows were built with the help of Homes and Communities Agency funding and have provided affordable homes for local people wishing to down-size or find more suitable accommodation for their changing needs.