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North Cumbria hospitals trust employs local apprentices working on new West Cumberland Hospital

Posted on Tuesday 28th October 2014

Chris Moffatt and Raymond Dockeray outside the new West Cumberland Hospital

Two local apprentices from Lakes College in Lillyhall, who have been working on the new West Cumberland Hospital, have been offered permanent jobs with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Raymond Dockeray (19) and Chris Moffatt (21) both from Cleator Moor, have been working for Crown House Technologies (part of the Laing O’Rourke group) since July 2013. They were originally offered the work experience after Laing O’Rourke went to Lakes College to talk to students, and then the college tutors picked out some students to go for an interview.

With the new hospital nearing completion and the keys set to be handed over to North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust on Friday 19 December 2014, the Trust has been planning for the future. The new hospital will be maintained by the Trust’s estates & facilities team who started working in conjunction with Lakes College to employ two apprentices. Sean Hoban, estates manager for the Trust said: “We have a lot of very experienced workers in our estates & facilities team who will enjoy the opportunity to share their skills with Ray and Chris to secure a solid future for the team.

“We were looking for people with the knowledge and skills to maintain our brand new hospital so we interviewed around 12 apprentices for the two roles. Ray and Chris very much sold themselves and came highly recommended from Crown House. They demonstrated how much they have learned through working on the new build for over a year and they know the new hospital inside out. It is a very fast-paced and varied role working as a hospital engineer and I think they both have a bright career in front of them with the Trust.”

Mark Noble, project leader from Crown House Technologies, said:  “We’re delighted that Raymond and Chris have been taken on permanently as part of the estates team here at West Cumberland Hospital. They are both great lads and we’re sorry to lose them, but we’re passionate about sustainable employment and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to give them some experience and skills and that they will be remaining here in the area to have a positive impact at the hospital.”

Raymond, who is training to be an electrical engineer and Chris who is training to be a mechanical and heating engineer, will continue with their educational programme for the next three years, attending Lakes College one day a week. Raymond said: “It’s great to be offered a job with the Trust because I have found somewhere I really want to work.

“We have both been working on the new hospital ever since the first wall went up so it will be great to work in it when it is open and full of staff and patients. When I first got my apprenticeship, I had read in the newspaper that a new hospital was being built but I hadn’t realised the scale of it until I started working on it.”

Chris said: “I can’t wait to get started now; I couldn’t believe it when I was offered the job. Working with Crown House Technologies has been a fantastic learning experience and it has been great to be given the opportunity to work on such a big project right on my doorstep.”

Les Morgan, director of redevelopment for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We have built the new hospital to give the local people of West Cumbria a hospital which is fit for the future, so it’s fantastic that the project has also presented the opportunity for young people living in the local area to gain work experience which has now led them building an exciting career with the NHS.”