CalMax Construction Ltd have established five apprenticeships as part of the Community Benefit requirements in their new build contracts.
CalMax are currently delivering 55 properties for HHP across five sites, in Stornoway, Lochs, Uig and Balivanich.
Councillor David Blaney, Chair of HHP, said: “We are delighted to be able to deliver much needed opportunities for young people in the islands through our investment in new homes. We are also grateful to CalMax for responding so positively and for their commitment to helping our young people.”
Councillor Norman Macleod, HHP’s Development spokesperson, said: “These are difficult times for young people, particularly in the islands and we at HHP are committed to doing all that we can to help.”
Overall HHP are aiming to deliver 61 homes across the Outer Hebrides by summer 2015. This programme is supported by £4m funding from the Scottish Government and further funding from the Comhairle.
Calum Mackay of CalMax said: “CalMax are pleased to be able to offer apprenticeships to youngsters. This is a reflection of the contracts recently awarded to CalMax by HHP for the Housing Developments at Melbost Farm and Allt Na Broige.
“We have been able to provide apprenticeships for a Plumber, Painter, Bricklayer, Joiner and Plant Operator. CalMax look forward to assisting them through their training to become fully qualified tradesmen in their individual fields. CalMax are pleased to be working in partnership with HHP to deliver their Housing Programme and hope to be able to assist with their future projects.”