AN Aster Group apprentice based in Tidworth has had his career kick-started with £200 worth of tools and a toolbox given to him as a gift.

Oliver Elliott, aged 17, is an apprentice electrician and one of 12 new Aster apprentices, who has received the new tools from from Jewson Partnership Solutions.

The apprentices are being trained in a range of professions including electrical, plumbing and heating, surveying and carpentry.

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Helen Schoolar, head of strategic partnerships at Jewson Partnership Solutions, said: "Our donation of £200 vouchers per apprentice towards tools and equipment is a testament to our belief in the importance of empowering the next generation of skilled professionals with the tools and equipment they need to excel in their training and contribute to the growth of the construction industry.

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“Apprenticeships are the backbone of the construction industry, providing a pathway for individuals to gain hands-on experience, develop essential skills and contribute to the ongoing success of the industry. This initiative is a testament to our commitment to nurturing talent and promoting education to help ensure long-term success of the sector."

Aster’s apprenticeship programme enables people of all ages to learn and gain experience in a variety of roles across the business each year.

Jess Scull, apprenticeship partner at Aster Group, added: “I am thrilled that Jewson Partnership Solutions recognise, as we do, the huge value of our apprenticeship schemes, developing future talent for the housing sector. Their generosity in gifting high-quality tools to our apprentices demonstrates our combined commitment to support skills development in our local communities.”