Having completed Level 2 in his bricklaying apprenticeship with Bovis Homes in Devon, and planning to pass Level 3 next April, Chris Elliott is delighted with the way his career is going.
The 24-year-old, a keen surfer since he moved from London 12 years ago, sees his apprenticeship as a great way to gain confidence as well as much-needed trade skills and is keen to encourage more young people to see the benefits of the ‘earn while you learn’ role that apprentices take.
“I’ve got so much experience from my apprenticeship at Bovis Homes, I’ve learnt so many new skills,” he says. “I’m learning about all the different parts of the building industry and I enjoy the teamwork and the chance to meet new people, especially our customers.”
Chris used to be self-employed but determined to gain further qualifications and a greater earning potential, he sought the Bovis apprenticeship online.
He now combines learning, work and fun, splitting his time between a training centre every six weeks, gaining experience full-time on site at the housebuilder’s The Landings development and hitting the waves when he can. “It took me over a year to do my Level 2 and it’s been so worth it and Bovis Homes has been so supportive,” he says. “When I’m not working I love surfing, there are some great beaches nearby and I make the most of them!”
Chris has been playing an essential part at The Landings says Alan Gilfillan, site manager at the development: “Chris is a very hard worker and a great member of the team. We’ve seen his bricklaying and communication skills grow tremendously and are so happy to help him throughout the rest of his Bovis Homes apprenticeship and beyond.”