With National Apprenticeship Week set to get under way next week, local housing developer and regeneration company Lovell is backing investment in apprenticeships as essential to the future of the construction industry.
Lovell is looking to recruit a significant number of apprentices in the Lynn area over the next two years.
Apprentice training is a key part of the company’s commitment to creating lasting benefits for local communities – as well as being vital to the future of the construction industry, currently facing one of its most critical skills shortages. It’s estimated that over 230,000 new construction jobs will be created in the UK by 2020, making it essential that new workers are brought into the industry and equipped with the right skills.
Major projects for Lovell in East Anglia include the £30 million regeneration of Lynn’s Hillington Square Estate for Freebridge Community Housing. The company’s team is about to start on the third phase of this large-scale improvement project after successfully completing phase two in autumn 2015. Lovell is also working with West Norfolk Council through a development management agreement which will see the company build up to 600 homes with a potential value of up to £80 million in the Lynn area over the next five years. Construction will start later this year on 130 homes at Marsh Lane, Gaywood, which form the first tranche of new housing.
Lovell regional director Simon Medler said: “Investing in local trade apprenticeships has never been more important. Bringing new people into the industry and giving them the skills to build careers is essential not just for our own business but for the industry as a whole. It’s also a fundamental part of Lovell’s legacy commitment to the places where we work and our belief that our housing projects should benefit the whole community. We’ve an established track record of investing in apprentices and have seen the difference an apprenticeship can make to someone’s life. A number of our own senior team started their careers as apprentices.”
Current apprentices with Lovell include 21-year-old plumbing apprentice Billy Smith who is learning his trade working at Hillington Square. Through his apprenticeship, Billy is working towards his NVQ Level 3 qualification studying at the College of West Anglia alongside developing essential experience at Hillington Square.
Billy says: “My apprenticeship with Lovell has enabled me to gain a huge variety of practical experience, working alongside experts and benefitting from considerable ongoing support. With my advanced NVQ Level 3 qualification nearly complete, I’m in a strong position and am excited about the opportunities ahead.”
If you are interested in finding out more about Lovell apprenticeships in East Anglia, please contact regional training advisor Jo Scott by emailing Jo.Scott@lovell.co.uk More information is also available at http://morgansindallgroupcareers.com/lovell/apprenticeships/