New apprenticeship for young builders in Milton Keynes proving a success
A group of apprentice builders have been making their mark at a flagship housing development in Milton Keynes as part of a collaboration offering construction students a unique work experience opportunity.
Earlier this year NHBC announced the joint initiative with the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) and Milton Keynes College to offer builders in the area the opportunity to be paid £1000 to take on a first year construction student for 10 weeks work experience.
Four students from the college are now based at Bellway Homes' Stratford Road site in Wolverton undertaking a range of duties including bricklaying and carpentry, which could ultimately lead to full-time positions on completion of their studies.
Paul Smits, Construction Manager at the site explained: "We are delighted to be involved in the scheme and have been very impressed with the commitment and attitude of the students. It is important that the industry is able to provide opportunities like this in an attempt to educate and inform the next generation of builders."
Rob Lockey, Training Services Manager at NHBC added: "We received a very positive response from the local house building industry. The scheme offers our registered builders an opportunity to find out if a first year student is suited to working for their company before making the commitment of taking them on as an apprentice; likewise, it will also provide invaluable experience for the students before they decide on their next career/training move."
Clifford Clarke, whose four students from Milton Keynes College have been based at the 130 plot Wolverton site since June, added: "This scheme will hopefully be the first step on their path to a career in the construction industry and we have been delighted with the effort they have showed."
Please visit www.nhbc.co.uk/builders/productsandservices/training for details of further NHBC training initiatives.
News Date: 30/07/12