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Coast & Country Reaffirms its Commitment to Female Trade Apprentices

Female Trade Apprentices We have welcomed three female painters to undertake work experience with our Painting team.

The young women, who are all on painting courses at Middlesbrough College, are Paris Highfield, age 17 (Level 3 painting and decorating); Ellie-May Jones, age 17 (Level 1 painting and decorating) and Jay Keating, age 18 (Level 1 painting and decorating). 

They joined our own employees for one week to gain real-life experience in the world of work and learn first-hand some of the tricks of the trade from the experienced professionals.

We are committed to contributing to the prosperity and sustainability of communities in the Tees Valley and planning for its future workforce through apprenticeships. It recruits a number of apprentices each year, with this summer’s upcoming vacancies including painting, plumbing and electrical apprenticeships. Traditionally male-dominated roles, we hope by offering work experience placements to females, more will be encouraged to sign up.

Steve Healey, Head of Operations, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the three young female painters for work experience with our team. We believe addressing the skills gap at an early stage will help close the gender pay gap.

“We want more women to realise this kind of apprenticeship sets you up with a trade for life, which underpins and secures the future of youngsters in our area.”

Emma Tooth, Apprenticeship Co-ordinator, said: “It’s vital that we put our money where our mouth is and actively encourage more women to take up our trade apprenticeship schemes.

“Although we currently have a number of female apprentices in office-based roles, Coast & Country is actively focused on recruiting more female apprentices into trade positions and we would like to encourage more young women to sign up for our September intake.”

We are currently advertising apprenticeship vacancies for a number of opportunities. Please visit the apprenticeships page, apply through gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship, or email Emma_Tooth@cchousing.org.uk to find out more.