THREE apprentices from Essex are laying the foundations for their careers in the construction industry.
Connor Martin, from Chelmsford, Ross Gordon, from Basildon and Steve Self, from Benfleet, have joined housebuilder Barratt Homes Eastern Counties as apprentices and are developing their trades at Maple Park, Barratt’s development in Stanford-Le-Hope.
Connor’s apprenticeship is in carpentry while both Ross and Steve are apprentice bricklayers. They will all spend one day a week at college and work on site the rest of the week.
16-year-old Connor is studying for his NVQ Level One in Carpentry at Chelmsford College. He decided to take an apprenticeship because he wanted to gain experience in work.
He said: “I chose to take an apprenticeship so I could gain experience and learn about my trade while also earning money. I think this will put me in a good position for the future and I would like to eventually have my own business.”
Ross, 19, is studying for his NVQ Level One in Bricklaying at Barking and Dagenham College in Romford and he was inspired to become a bricklayer by his Granddad.
He said: “I chose an apprenticeship in bricklaying because my Granddad used to be a bricklayer so I knew what the job involved. I also wanted to be earning money while training. I’m looking forward to becoming a fully qualified bricklayer and to having a career in the construction industry.”
Steve, 24, is studying for his NVQ Level One in bricklaying at South Essex College in Thurrock. He jumped at the chance to join Barratt’s apprenticeship scheme after working as a labourer on Barratt’s Gloucester Gate development in Basildon.
He said: “I didn’t want to stay as a labourer forever but I wanted to stay with Barratt. I decided to focus on one trade to gain specific qualifications and I think this will help me going forward as I’d like to become a site manager in the future. The apprenticeship offers the chance to earn while learning a trade which was really important, plus I wanted to be challenged. I really enjoy the work and being on site as the development progresses.”
A total of five construction apprentices have been taken on by Barratt Homes Eastern Counties this month.
Barratt Developments PLC, parent company to Barratt Homes, has a track record of recruiting young people to the business and was named as the Macro Employer of the
Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014. The company was also recently named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer. Barratt Developments has created more than 3,000 new jobs in the last year alone and has pledged to take on 1,100 apprentices, graduates and trainees between 2014 and 2016.
Barratt Homes has been awarded the maximum five star official rating from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for the sixth year in a row. The company was awarded the rating after gaining fantastic feedback in the HBF customer satisfaction survey which involved more than 20,000 new home buyers across the country answering questions about moving into their new homes.
For more information about the apprentice opportunities with Barratt Homes, visit www.barrattfuturetalent.co.uk .
Barratt Homes Eastern Counties has been awarded the maximum five star official rating from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for the sixth year in a row. The news was announced after more than 20,000 new home buyers across the country took part in this year’s HBF customer satisfaction survey.