Housebuilder offers work placements to sixth formers in Cumbria

Story Homes has given some sixth formers the experience of working in the housebuilding industry thanks to its continued involvement in the Dream Placement scheme.

Amelia Harrison and Daniel Dalton took part in the scheme, which the company has been supporting for four years, following their success in a rigorous selection process that whittled down a list of 200 applicants to just 50. These students then took a week’s placement with one of more than 25 companies taking part in Dream Placement, which focuses on leadership skills.

Working at the Story Homes Carlisle headquarters and on-site, these sixth formers were asked to assess two pieces of land for development, culminating with presenting senior personnel with their recommendation of the piece of land that they thought the housebuilder should continue to work on for a new homes development.

Daniel says: “I thought that taking part in Dream Placement would give me a good insight into how a successful business is run and help me to build my confidence and develop my communication skills. I enjoyed spending time with all the different department leads within the business – getting to know them, understanding what they do on a day-to-day basis and seeing their work ethic has been great.”

Amelia adds: “I am interested in interior design so one of the highlights of the placement with Story Homes has been visiting the show homes, as well as witnessing the whole journey – from acquiring the land through to understanding how a house can be transformed into a home.”

The Story Homes management team is proud of its involvement in the project and the way it attracts some very talented young people into the new homes industry. Shelley Hayward, the company’s talent and development manager, says: “We were delighted to be involved in the Dream Placement initiative for another year, having seen first-hand in previous years what a worthwhile experience this is for young people. As a Cumbria-headquartered business, we are keen to promote the opportunities that exist locally and it is valuable for us to be able to identify young talent early on – particularly due to the ongoing skills gap in our industry.

“Amelia and Daniel are extremely talented students and it was a pleasure to have them with us. They were enthusiastic, inquisitive, and really eager to learn about our business and to make the most of the opportunity, and the work they produced was very impressive. We look forward to continuing to invest in young talent and provide opportunities such as work experience, apprenticeships and graduate roles to those who want to begin their career in construction.”

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