Six local lads from Bedford are laying the foundations for careers in the construction trade after being appointed to the award-winning Barratt Homes apprenticeship scheme this year.
Zane Laidley, Luke Mongiovi, Nathan Manning, Sanchez Pryce, Steve Falconer and Kristian Woloch are currently learning on the job at developments across Bedfordshire while undertaking NVQ courses at Bedford College.
A total of 10 new apprentices have been taken on across the region by Barratt Homes’ Northampton division this year, which is the largest intake of apprentices in the division’s history.
Barratt Developments PLC, parent company to Barratt Homes, has a record of recruiting young people to the business and was recently named as the Macro Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014.
Zane (18), an apprentice bricklayer from Bedford, is busy building quality new homes at the developer’s Cygnet Mews development in Kempston while studying for his NVQ Level 2 at Bedford College.
He said, “Barratt Homes is a well-respected company in the industry and I’m really enjoying their apprenticeship. It’s great to be learning a trade first hand and I hope to use this apprenticeship to work my way up to Site Manager in the future.”
Luke Mongiovi (18), from Marston Moretaine and Nathan Manning (19) from Kempston are both currently working at Barratt Homes’ Marston Park in Marston Moretaine while studying for their NVQ Level 2 in bricklaying at Bedford College.
“I love everything about this apprenticeship”, said Luke. “It’s a good feeling to start at the bottom and work your way up and I’m hoping to stick by it and get a good qualification out of it.”
Nathan added, “I’ve always known I wanted to go into bricklaying and this is a great apprenticeship to be on. I feel like I’m learning new things every day working out on site and I can’t wait to qualify.”
Andrew Swindell, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said, “Apprenticeships combine on-the-job experience with classroom based learning and are one of the most effective ways to build construction skills for the future. They are a vital part of our business and we pride ourselves on the level of investment we make every year to ensure that talent is developed and valued.
“We are encouraging anyone considering what to do after school, or indeed anyone keen for a career change, to take a serious look at apprenticeships. They are an excellent stepping stone into an industry and give you the chance to earn and learn at the same time.”
A top apprentice employer, Barratt Developments has created more than 3,000 new jobs at its sites across the country over the past year, and has pledged to take on a further 1,100 apprentices, graduates and trainees over the next three years.