Navas goes green for National Apprentice Week
- 03 March 2014 13:06
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Jesus Navas took time out of his busy playing schedule to plant trees with a local apprentice in the lead up to National Apprentice Week (3-7 March).
Shovel in hand, the player demonstrated his manual skills and got to work at the entrance of what will be his new training ground, the City Football Academy. The newly planted blue Cedar tree, grown with the help of a trainee landscaper, will form part of a 2km wildlife corridor that’ll provide habitat and shelter, for numerous wildlife, a legacy really important to local residents.
Helping the players was City Football Academy apprentice, Michael Owen, 21 from Droylsden, Manchester. Michael has been working onsite with BAM Construction as a general construction apprentice, providing invaluable support for the landmark development which is due to open later this year.
“Our apprentices and trainees are instrumental for the Club as they are having such a positive impact on all aspects of the business but they are also developing their own skills. It’s been exciting to get involved today and see some of the great work that’s been done around the site,” declared Navas.
Michael is equally impressed: “My apprenticeship with BAM at the City Football Academy has been instrumental in building qualities such as my approach to problem solving, remaining calm under pressure and prioritising tasks. It’s also helped me to work independently and work within a team; it’s an endless list of skills that you cannot learn from any other process,’’ he stressed.
Manchester City is committed to creating opportunities for community members, engaging employment and procurement practices that are robust and socially aware. It also takes into account the need for best care in welfare, skill development, and local opportunity - including apprenticeships and new skills programmes.
The Club’s apprenticeship programme was created in October 2010 and has since taken six apprentices under its wing. In partnership with BAM Construction, the City Football Academy has already employed 48 apprentices and further opportunities will be created with the expansion of the Etihad Stadium.