Apprentices - National Apprenticeship Week 2024

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Hampshire housebuilder shines light on apprentices ‘building’ strong careers across region


During National Apprenticeship Week (5th-11th February), leading housebuilder, Barratt Homes, is shining the spotlight on the young people who are building strong careers in construction across Hampshire.

The developer is committed to providing apprenticeship opportunities to the next generation of builders, and this week, is showcasing the work of several of its apprentices working across the region.

James Bicheno (17) and Jamie Angold-Sanchez (22) both work at Barratt’s Harbour Place in Bedhampton as carpentry apprentices. Starting work with the housebuilder in September 2023, alongside Portsmouth Carpentry, both youngsters said it’s been a great alternative to further education.

James said: “After enjoying carpentry at college, Barratt’s apprenticeship scheme seemed perfect for me. I’m really enjoying working on site and have picked up so many new skills.”

Jamie added: “It’s been great to have the opportunity to start my career in construction with such a reputable company, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

The Hampshire housebuilder also offers Degree Apprenticeship opportunities to young people eager to learn while they earn. Sara Wrona (24), Jamie Driver (25) and Niamh Pond (22), all joined Barratt via this popular scheme and have been singing its praises.

Sara and Jamie both joined Barratt as Technical Trainees at Barratt’s headquarters in Hedge End, Southampton – Sara in October 2021 and Jamie a year later. They said it’s a great way to combine studying with workplace experience.

Sara, who was awarded Apprentice of the Month from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in November, said: “I’ve always wanted to work in construction and being able to gain hands on experience while continually improving my knowledge while I study, has been excellent. It’s been challenging at times, and can get quite busy, but to be recognised as Apprentice of the Month at the end of last year, shows that all the hard work I’ve put in has paid off.”

Jamie added: “Being able to learn on the job has been a great way for me to enter a career in construction, and I’m really enjoying it.”

Niamh started with Barratt in November 2021 and was promoted to Assistant Quantity Surveyor within 18 months. She said the Degree Apprenticeship scheme has been a great way for her to learn but also progress in her career. She said: “I’m furthering my education while also moving up in my career – it really is the best of both worlds.”

Tammy Bishop, Barratt Homes Sales Director, said: “It’s extremely important that we work in tandem with the communities where we are building new homes, and by working closely with schools and the local council, we can provide career opportunities for young people in the local area.

“All our apprentices are doing really well, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about them as they progress in their careers.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Barratt Homes .

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