A SECOND set of apprentices has been recruited to help revamp homes.
The workers have been taken on by East Durham Homes’ (EDH) Social Enterprise initiative, Shed2, which is supported by Wates Living Space.
The six new starters, who all come from Easington, have completed their training and have been busy painting empty properties, to get them ready for new customers to move in.
Shed2 said older or disabled customers may qualify to have their kitchen and bathroom decorated for free, and any additional rooms are charged at a low cost.
Michael Doyle, EDH’s interim chief executive, said: “The Shed2 apprentices are doing really well and are ready to offer their service to customers.
“It’s great to see them working in homes and helping with the finishing touches.”
“There is a real need for training and employment in our area, and the social enterprise will enable us to attract funding and support through the provision of new services to the community.”
Wates Living Space, is one of the partners delivering the improvements to homes across the area and as part of its commitment to boosting employment prospects, it has offered hands-on training and support to apprentices.
Joanne Jamieson, regional managing director for Wates Living Space, said: “We look to develop skills and enrich the career prospects of local people where we can and initiatives such as Shed2 are invaluable.
“It is extremely rewarding to watch apprentices grow and to know that we can provide them with the experience necessary to pursue a career in the sector.”