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The Sanctuary Group and its contractor, Seddon, recently welcomed a group of construction students on a visit to the site of the Telford Millennium Community.

As part of a continuing partnership between the two companies and Madeley Academy, the 12 students toured the Ketley site earlier this month to gain valuable work experience.

Equipped with suitable workwear that included hard hats and high visibility waistcoats, the group was shown around the sites at which 86 specialised apartments for the over 55s are being built, as well as a dozen apartments designed especially for people with learning difficulties.

The group was also shown around the nearby Glen Cottages plot, where developers are constructing 14 affordable homes.

Sanctuary’s local development manager, Dave Williams, said the company’s aim is to provide both employment and training opportunities.

The visit began with a trip to the roof of Sanctuary’s Ketley Park Road office, where a camera is set up to film progress on the building site, giving the students a bird’s eye view of the development. They also got the chance to speak to members of the construction team, who gave overviews of their on-site roles and how they fit into the project.

Seddon’s community project manager, Maggie Heap, said she was impressed with the students’ level of interest in the works and enthusiasm for construction. She added that Seddon looks forward to working with Madeley Academy in the future.

Speaking about the partnership between the academy, Sanctuary and Seddon, Madeley Academy’s head teacher, Lady Maria Satchwell, explained that first-hand experience is invaluable when it comes to bringing the students’ curriculum to life.

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