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The Chester Northgate development boosts apprentice numbers in the UK

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9 December 2020 - All committed! - United Kingdom

Eleven apprentices have been employed by VINCI Construction UK to work on a project to build new public spaces – including a park, covered market, cinema and coworking spaces – in Chester’s historic city centre within the first six months of the scheme’s construction.

Rachel Hughes, who is undertaking an apprenticeship as a Design & Build Technician on the project said, “With this apprenticeship I’ve had a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable onsite experience with the benefits of earning whilst I’m learning and becoming a valued member of the Northgate team.”

The scheme is being developed by the local council in partnership with VINCI Construction UK. Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “We stand united with VINCI Construction UK in our commitment to providing opportunities for young people as a result of the Northgate development,”.

Garry Bowker, VINCI Construction UK’s North West Regional Director, explained that the scheme is part of VINCI’s commitment to contribute to employment and the local economy in the regions where its teams operate: “We are extremely proud as a company that we are able to offer high quality and long-term career opportunities in the construction industry.”

VINCI Construction UK have also contributed to a number of community initiatives including sponsorship of the Grosvenor Museum, over £2,000 (more than €2,200) fundraising for the Chester homeless, and have also been fundamental in organising school and college student visits.

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