The firms CEO Steve Gelder, a former Lincoln College apprentice, handpicked the students as he was impressed by their passion and eagerness to join the industry.
Jack Jarvis (17) and Sandis Kupreicik (23), who trained in bricklaying at the Career College, secured the two-year apprenticeships after competing against many of their fellow students.
Gelder Group, along with several other local construction firms, teamed up with Lincoln College in 2016 to open the specialist college, which was designed to plug skills gaps by providing much needed industry-skilled people in the Gainsborough area.
Gelder Group CEO Steve Gelder said: “The first person ever employed by Gelder Group started life as an apprentice and now 29 years on he’s still with the firm, which is just one of many who have joined us following an apprenticeship.
“There is a massive shortage of workers in the construction industry across the UK and our mission has always been to support the next generation and reduce that gap as much as possible.
“I asked students at the Construction Careers College to submit their CVs for this opportunity and it was Jack and Sandis that stood out due to their passion for the industry and eagerness to learn from our team. I’m looking forward to welcoming more apprentices over the coming years and to working with Jack and Sandis, I hope they enjoy their time with us.”
Lincoln College Group Managing Director for Education and Training, Mark Locking, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Gelder Group is taking on two of our Construction Career College Students as apprentices.
“Steve Gelder, who started out as a Lincoln College Apprentice, has been the driving force behind our Construction Career College, the first of its kind in the UK.
“His firm, along with many other local employers, have helped us to create employer-led training that produces highly skilled young people to support the local economy.
“We're really proud of Jack and Sandis and the fact they have secured apprenticeships with such a great local employer and we wish them all the best.
“We are currently recruiting for next year's intake at the Construction Career College. We would urge young people in the Gainsborough area, who are interested in a career in construction, where you can earn up to a £1,000 a week, to apply.”
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