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Emma Reynolds and some of our LEAP apprentices

Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds was brushing up on the progress of local apprentices at a visit to Heath Town today (13th March).

Emma, who is also Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, met with three apprentices from Wolverhampton Homes to hear about the work they’re doing during National Apprenticeship Week.

During her visit, she met with 19 year-old Ryan Wiggan from New Park Village and 28 year old Nathan Collins from Eastfields who joined the Wolverhampton Homes LEAP apprenticeship programme earlier this year and who are learning their trade as painters and decorators.

She also met with 44 year old grandmother, Deborah Porter, who lives in Lanesfield who became Wolverhampton Homes’ 50th local apprentice to graduate from its double-award winning LEAP programme.

After being out of work for more than ten years, Deborah is now excelling in her role as a handyperson apprentice - helping to do odd-jobs around homes in Wolverhampton as part of the city council’s handyperson scheme. Deborah said: “I’m so happy to be back in work and putting my skills to the test. I’ve been out of work for ten years and getting involved in LEAP has given me a massive confidence boost and I’m loving every second of my apprenticeship.”

Emma said:

I was delighted to meet Ryan, Nathan and Deborah in Heath Town today. I was hugely impressed by the skills they have learnt during their apprenticeships, which they are putting to good use decorating properties that are being re-let to new tenants. Wolverhampton Homes provides great support for their apprentices and I want to congratulate them on their award winning LEAP project which has given Deborah and many others new skills and the confidence to succeed.
Good apprenticeships can provide the foundations for a successful career. This week is National Apprenticeship Week, which provides an opportunity to highlight both the value of apprenticeships and the great work that apprentices do
Wolverhampton Homes’ LEAP apprenticeship scheme has already helped more than 200 council tenants to gain extra skills and qualifications in a bid to gain employment – and helped more than 50 of them get full time work."
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