This week we’re celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, shining a light on our brilliant up-and-coming apprentices across the Westcountry.
Apprentices are the future of the construction industry and we’re passionate about encouraging the next generation to consider careers in this growing sector.
With the government’s ambitious housebuilding targets and a skills shortage nationally in the construction industry, we understand the importance of attracting, training and retaining new talent in the sector.
As well as supporting apprentices in our in-house teams, we help subcontractors by funding apprentices so they can pass on their knowledge and skills to the future of the housebuilding industry.
We currently support 12 paid full-time apprentices in a variety of roles in our head office in Torquay and across our sites in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Our apprentices split their time between working in our head office or on-site gaining valuable hands-on training and experience, with attending college to gain an NVQ.
Our apprentices are completing qualifications in a range of specialist sectors including; carpentry, land, estimating, technical, commercial, build, plumbing, electrical, painting and decorating, and plastering.
Keith Miller, Managing Director, said: “We’re incredibly proud of our enthusiastic apprentices and our apprenticeship scheme, which was recently shortlisted in the national 2019 Housebuilding Awards for ‘Best Training or Recruitment Initiative’.
“As a regional recruiter and as part of our commitment to nurturing talent in construction, each year we’re aiming to increase our intake of apprentices in trade and office apprenticeships to encourage young people to consider job-based training as a sound start to their careers.”
On Wednesday 5th February, we’ll be attending the Torbay Apprenticeship Fair at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay from 9:30am – 1pm. We’ll be talking to people looking to start an apprenticeship in the construction industry and our apprentices will be giving their first-hand experience on what to expect.
Two of our apprentices will also be attending the HBF Future Talent Conference in London on 19th February, which provides learning insights on the main issues and changes for the industry that will enhance their knowledge and understanding as they develop their careers.
For more information on our apprenticeship scheme, contact [email protected].