Two Brockington College students have started their careers with apprenticeships at the New Lubbesthorpe development.
Dylan Parrish and Josh McCabe, both 16, have joined the teams of David Wilson Homes East Midlands and Barratt Homes North Midlands to develop their skills and knowledge of construction.
The apprenticeship places are a result of the Section 106 planning agreement for New Lubbesthorpe, which included an Employment, Skills and Training Strategy, implemented by Blaby District Council.
Both students are studying construction courses at Brockington and will shadow workers doing their chosen trade. They will eventually take on more responsibility and work, and qualify in that area.
Dylan, who will be working for Barratt Homes, said: “I am really looking forward to starting my apprenticeship with Barratt Homes and to becoming a fully skilled bricklayer in a few years’ time. I completed a week’s work experience at the New Lubbesthorpe site and really enjoyed the experience.”
Josh, who will be learning from David Wilson Homes site staff, said: “I feel very privileged to have been given this opportunity and I am looking forward to starting soon and having a successful career as a bricklayer with David Wilson Homes.”
All of the developer’s programmes are well structured and tailored to individual needs. Apprentices will receive encouragement, support and guidance to help them develop, giving the skills and qualifications for a successful career.
Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said: “The contractors have also hosted work experience places for adults and a lot of people from Blaby District have been employed at the site.
“Both of the successful apprenticeship candidates have also benefited from work experience placements with the housebuilders at New Lubbesthorpe this year too.”
Chris Southall, Principal of Brockington College, said: “We are really pleased for Dylan and Josh that they have earned apprenticeships. They are both capable of ‘A’ level study following their GCSE examinations, but have chosen a practical way forwards for their careers and I have no doubt whatsoever that they will be successful.
“We are thankful to both companies for offering these opportunities and to the support of Blaby District Council for driving forwards the apprenticeship agenda across the district.”
John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to welcome an apprentice to the team at New Lubbesthorpe and wish Josh the best of luck in his careers with us.”
Chris Southgate, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “We pride ourselves on not only providing a first-class service for our customers, but also ensuring we look after our staff and provide opportunities to progress within the company and achieve their ambitions.”
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