Sanctuary scheme ‘is creating jobs’

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Two Cumbernauld teenagers are literally building a career from Sanctuary £75 million homes regeneration scheme.

Nicole Barlow and Kieran Smith, both 16, are being highlighted as two among many to benefit from Sanctuary Housing’s newbuild scheme.,

It will see the town’s tower blocks demolished and replaced by high quality homes over the next decade.

The pair were recently taken on as apprentice joiners by Cruden Building and Renewals at two Sanctuary Cumbernauld sites.

They are helping Cruden build ten flats in Allanfauld Road – once the site of dilapidated garages – plus another 39 flats in Hume Road on the site of the former Ochilview nursing home.

The Allanfauld Road properties will be the next to complete after the 96 flats at nearby Newlands Place.

Paul Boland, human resources manager at Cruden, said: “We have been impressed by the work ethic and enthusiasm of both as they help build new, affordable Sanctuary housing in Cumbernauld.”

Kieran, who lives in Cumbernauld, and former St Maurice’s High pupil Nicole, attend John Wheatley College in Glasgow to supplement their on-site training. The pair are due to complete their apprenticeship in August 2018.

Roddy Macdonald, Sanctuary’s head of development for Scotland, said: “The creation of employment and training opportunities for young people is key for Sanctuary.

“Kieran and Nicole are among the many apprentices being given an opportunity thanks to Sanctuary’s build programme.”