Tidworth apprentice gifted new tools to help kickstart career

A young apprentice from Tidworth has been gifted £250 worth of new tools as well as a Makita drill by Jewson Partnership Solutions in partnership with Hampshire-based housing association, Aster Group.

Aster groundworker apprentice, Liam Mason, 17, is one of four trainees who recently joined Aster and received the new tools.

On receiving the donation, Liam said: “This is my first job so it’s nice going out and shadowing someone before they get you to have a go at it. They’re there to help you improve and learn from any mistakes you might make. It’s just an all-round good experience and these tools will really come in handy.”

Helen Walker, head of strategic partnerships at Jewson Partnership Solutions, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Aster. There’s a huge skills shortage in the construction industry so we wanted to make these new recruits feel valued and give them all a toolbox so that they’ve got all their own set to carry with them throughout their careers.”

Jess Scull, apprentice partner at Aster, said: “Here at Aster we really value our relationships with partners, and this is a great example of our apprentices benefitting from these connections too. We can’t thank Jewson’s enough for the support and commitment to our next generation of skilled trades.”

Aster is committed to helping those looking to start their career or upskill in other areas through its apprenticeship programme.

From 2015 to 2022, Aster has supported 77 apprentices in completing their training and becoming fully qualified in a variety of roles from plumbing and carpentry, to housing and finance. Many of these apprentices have gone on to progress their careers within the company.

You can find out more about Aster’s apprenticeship programme at https://www.aster.co.uk/careers/apprenticeships.

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