Apprenticeship takes upskilling to the next level

Date published: 19 August 2019
Acis Open House
Acis apprentices and staff stand outside the newly completed property with Councillor Steve England and his wife

A group of apprentices have transformed a rundown West Lindsey property back into a vibrant three-bedroom family home.

The apprentices, working for Acis Group in Gainsborough, have completed work on the empty property in Ingham in the first project of its kind for the organisation.

Apprentices across Acis, from IT to Human Resources and engineer tradespeople, managed every aspect of the project from site inductions and communications to rebuilding walls and plumbing.

Acis, who own and manage over 7,000 homes in the East Midlands, Yorkshire and The Humber, have received fantastic support from local partners, suppliers to allow the apprentices to renovate the home ready for its new family.

Cascade Drainage, Clarion, Continental Landscapes, Fastframe, Gainsborough Building Services, Gainsborough Skip Hire, G B Scaffolding, Howdens Joinery Limited, Jewson, Premiere Kitchens, Town & County Service and VPS UK Ltd have all contributed towards the project.

The end of the project was marked with an official opening of the home which saw councillors, partners, Acis employees and the local community attend the property to see the finished article.

Councillor Steve England, chairman of West Lindsey District Council, celebrated the hard work of the apprentices at the opening, as part of the Council’s wider commitment to developing Apprenticeship skills across the district.

He said: “There can be no clearer demonstration of the value of apprenticeships and the contribution they make to the increasing need for a highly skilled workforce.

“Well done to everyone concerned and congratulations to Acis for an inspired initiative and to the companies who so generously gave their support.”

On officially opening the home, Greg Bacon, Acis Chief Executive said: “We have worked with Lincoln and Gainsborough colleges and our apprentices on our empty properties before but never on this scale. What we’ve achieved here is off the scale.

“It started as an idea to give our apprentices an opportunity to develop their skills but it grew into a huge project. Well done to all involved.”

The project took just over six weeks to complete and is something the colleges are also delighted with.

Richard Thornhill MBE of Lincoln college said: “This is a truly awesome opportunity for the apprentices to develop new skills and demonstrate their true potential to senior colleagues.”

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