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Islington centre opens for budding construction workers

PUBLISHED: 15:31 03 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:31 03 March 2016

Trainees Paige, Connor, and James (front row) are joined by Islington Council's Cllr Murray, Sean McLaughlin, and CEO Lesley Searey (back row, middle), and others

Trainees Paige, Connor, and James (front row) are joined by Islington Council's Cllr Murray, Sean McLaughlin, and CEO Lesley Searey (back row, middle), and others

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A centre offering training in painting, decorating and carpentry has opened its doors to a new generation of construction workers.

Trainee James at the brand new training centre in IslingtonTrainee James at the brand new training centre in Islington

The facility in Station Road, Tufnell Park, will be home to a dozen local trainees aged 16 to 23 for the next three months. The programme is a partnership between the council and City and Islington College.

Those enrolled will also study English, maths and construction skills.

And they will learn how to write a winning CV and apply for jobs.

Trainee James Christofis, 21, said: “It’s a good opportunity because not many courses and traineeships come around any more.

“For young people, it’s a way to get a foot in the door. It’s not an opportunity to waste.”

James, an aspiring plumber, has already been learning glazing and plumbing skills. When asked if he had plans to apply for an apprenticeship with the council, he replied: “Definitely.”

Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Richard Watts, said: “We owe it to our young people to give them the help they need to get the careers they deserve.

“This new training facility and our traineeship programme provide a fantastic opportunity for local young people who want to develop valuable skills and get first-hand experience of the world of work.”


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