A new apprenticeship program launched today gives Manchester residents the opportunity to launch careers in construction – while working on some of the city’s most iconic projects.

Manchester City Council and Manchester Life have partnered with Ryder Architecture to launch the new PlanBEE program, open for registration today and starting September 2021.

Trainees are given an opportunity to earn money as they learn about programs such as the Our Town Hall project to restore, repair and partially renovate Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Life developments in Ancoats and The Arts Arts venue .

Anyone over the age of 18 and living in a Manchester City Council zip code to start their career in the construction sector is invited to apply.

The two-year multidisciplinary program will help meet the need for skilled workers in the construction sector in the Northwest and empower young people to thrive in the rapidly evolving industry with new construction methods and technologies.

Successful candidates are hired with starting salaries in excess of £ 17,000 to study on the job and are taught in a variety of disciplines in the sector including architecture, construction and building services, and management and project and expense management for various programs.

Each person will switch between employers across the city over two years, including the City Council, Manchester Life, Ryder, Purcell, Ramboll, Faithful and Gould, Sisk, Turner & Townsend, Buttress and Eric Wright Construction.

Ensuring the continuity of Manchester Life’s M-Futures apprentice program and Manchester City Council, which began in 2015, PlanBEE Manchester builds on the program that Ryder Architecture successfully launched in 2016 and works with Gateshead College to create opportunities create

Councilor Bev Craig, vice chairman of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester City Council has long been committed to ensuring that all of our residents share the city’s achievements. We strongly believe that investing in large projects in Manchester like our Town Hall and Factory will bring the greatest possible benefit to our city and its people.

“This includes giving people who live in the city the opportunity to learn new skills and build new careers. This is especially important as we gradually recover from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope that in addition to school leavers, people who have lost their jobs during the pandemic and may be seeking retraining will consider applying.

“Despite the uncertainties of the pandemic, we will continue to ensure that investments in our city will benefit our residents.”

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