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David Wilson Homes Lays the Foundations with Apprentices

Housebuilder, David Wilson Homes Mercia, has taken on a group of new trade apprentices including one from Walsall College.

The Solihull based company has taken on Jamie Roberts, 16, who is studying for his NVQ Level 1 in Bricklaying at Walsall College through the CITB, as well as four other Midlands based apprentices studying either carpentry or bricklaying. 

David Wilson Homes’ parent company, Barratt Developments, says it has created more than 3,000 new jobs at its sites across the country in the past year alone, and has pledged to take on a further 1,100 apprentices, graduates and trainees between 2014 and 2016.

John Fitzgerald, managing director of David Wilson Homes Mercia, said: “Having started as an apprentice myself, I know apprenticeships are an excellent way to learn and develop in the construction industry.

“We are always looking to strengthen our workforce and through our apprenticeship scheme and are delighted to be training the housebuilders of tomorrow.”

Apprentice, Jamie, will be developing his skills at the firm’s Woodthorne development in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. He said: “I always thought an apprenticeship would suit me best because of the chance to have a steady job while gaining experience and I wanted to be able to earn money while training. I want to have a long career in the construction industry and I believe this apprenticeship will give me the opportunity to progress in the future.”

Steven Humphreys, Employer Responsive Team Leader for Construction at Walsall College, says the house building industry could reach crisis point if it doesn’t take on more trainees to help it to meet Government house building targets. He commented: “There are not enough trainees entering the industry each year and together with a high rate of retirement, the industry is falling incredibly short of its target. The industry urgently needs skilled trainees to keep pace with the demand for housing across the UK.

“Apprentices can help to fill these gaps and are a great way for businesses to develop new talent and pass their knowledge on to the next generation of workers. In turn, they get young people into jobs and working towards rewarding careers.” 

Published on Sep 29th 2015

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