Apprentice beats 40 hopefuls for position

JOBS Ben Gibbon, left, with Anthony Dimmick
JOBS Ben Gibbon, left, with Anthony Dimmick
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TEENAGER Ben Gibbon is celebrating the start of a new career after securing an apprenticeship on an award-winning academy construction programme.

The 18-year-old, from Waterlooville, was chosen from 42 applicants and is due to begin the course at the end of August when he will be working on site at the new David Wilson Homes development in Purbrook.

During the two-year plumbing apprenticeship Ben will take part in a college course while receiving professional training and supervised development, working towards an industry recognised qualification.

At the end of the course there is an option to extend the apprenticeship.

Ben said: ‘I’m so pleased to be have been chosen.

‘Barratt Group has a great reputation and I’m really looking forward to starting my apprenticeship.

‘I live in the local area and plumbing is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time so this is perfect for me.’

As well as the practical subjects covered as a plumbing apprentice, Ben will also learn about project management and customer service.

Anthony Dimmick, from Barratt, said, ‘I am delighted that Ben will be joining the academy programme and I think he’ll find the experience he gains in the next few years invaluable.

‘The top five per cent of apprentices who complete the academy programme are offered site management positions.’