Twelve newly recruited apprentices with Bolton-based Seddon Construction tackled a DIY SOS-style challenge to redecorate Bolton Olympic Wrestling Club.
The new trainees – from the Bolton and Manchester areas – underwent an intensive selection procedure to win an apprenticeship place with the company. They are among 75 young people recruited by Seddon nationally to mark its 75th year of apprentice recruitment. One of their first workplace challenges was to help complete a three-day renovation programme by Seddon at the popular wrestling club – one of Britain’s oldest - in Wigan Road. Seddon carried out a range of redecoration work to the reception area and main wrestling room including plastering repairs and repainting after responding to an appeal from the club for help.
Craig Pilling, one of the club’s coaches, says: "We originally renovated the building in the 1980s but it needs some updating. Grants aren’t available for this kind of work and although we could have funded the redecoration ourselves, we wouldn’t have been able to afford to do it to a very high standard. We’re a community club and reinvest all our funds back into the club so to get this support from Seddon is a massive boost for us.” The club has around 50 junior wrestlers aged between four and 18 as well as 25 senior members. In addition, its facilities are used by members of the public for fitness and weight training. Originally founded in the 1920s, the club bought its present home – the former Deane Congressional Church Hall – in 1985.
Seddon provided a team of tradespeople to redecorate the club with materials provided free of charge by building materials supplier Jewson. The apprentices, aged 16 and 21, helped with the painting of the main wrestling room and reception area. The new recruits – trainee painters, plumbers, joiners and a bricklayer - have been taken on through the large-scale recruitment drive launched by Seddon to mark its 75th anniversary of training apprentices. The recruitment drive saw a bumper crop of applicants – 1,400 for just 75 places.
Seddon Construction managing director Jonathan Seddon says: "Our new apprentices have been through a tough selection process and we’re delighted to welcome them to the business and to have them helping out with the wrestling club project. Supporting local communities is an important part of our business approach and it’s great that our apprentices have got involved.”
Part of the Seddon Group, Seddon Construction has a turnover of more than £150 million and employs over 1,000 people. The company provides the full range of construction services, specialising in new-build, refurbishment, development and sustainable energy.
The Seddon Group is a family-owned company specialising in construction, painting and maintenance and housebuilding, with a national turnover of over £250 million.