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A SCHEME designed to help young people get on-the-job experience in the construction industry has been praised during national apprenticeships week.

Construction Futures, the first of its kind in the UK, makes the provision of apprenticeships a legal requirement for large scale developers in the Daventry area.

Established by the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, the scheme aims to help local planning authorities create new local jobs.

Young trainees and apprentices have been working on sites across the Daventry, Northampton and Towcester area as part of the programme. They are recruited from local colleges and work in partnership with Construction Futures, and the building contractors.

Chris Millar, leader of Daventry District Council, said: “This scheme ensures local communities directly benefit from the job opportunities created on new construction sites.

“It is a simple but innovative model that local planning authorities across the country could follow. I really think it has the potential to make a national impact”

Neil Dellar, head of the construction faculty at Moulton College, said: “We have found the Construction Futures scheme to be a very effective link between our students and industry.

“It’s a powerful way of helping them make the transition into the world of work, which is crucial at a time when the first step onto the job market is getting increasingly more difficult”

Visiting some of the Construction Futures trainees, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “I am particularly pleased to see apprentices working on live construction sites as part of the Construction Futures scheme, which offers an effective way to secure job opportunities for young people.”