Skills for youngsters

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Leading local housebuilder Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties is investing in the future of the new homes industry by offering life-changing opportunities to young people.

The developer has apprentices working at a number of its new homes developments across Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and West Sussex, and is fully committed to supporting apprenticeships wherever possible.

Connor Durnford is a site manager apprentice who is currently learning his trade at a development in Salisbury. The 21-year-old joined Taylor Wimpey in January 2014 after two years at college and a short stint in retail, and he is working towards an HNC Level 4 qualification in construction management.

‘Training with Taylor Wimpey has been really great and it’s given me the opportunity to experience different areas of the housebuilding industry while learning at college,’ says Connor.

‘I’m working towards becoming a full-time assistant site manager and, with all the support and training that I am receiving, I hope I’ll be able to progress to a successful career with Taylor Wimpey in the future.’

Taylor Wimpey site management apprenticeships involve learning first-hand how the business works as a whole, and include spending time with staff from the technical, commercial, land and planning, sales, finance and customer service departments.

Meanwhile, trade apprenticeships typically include bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, with the majority of the time spent working with the production teams on site.

Apprentices are supported by a mentor while working with experienced tradespeople and also gain formal qualifications through day release programmes.

Commitment, enthusiasm, hard work, pride in their work and a determination to succeed are a few of the qualities that Taylor Wimpey expect their apprentices to demonstrate.