Talented 17-year-old wins Barratt apprenticeship award

February 1, 2018 / Keith Osborne
Talented 17-year-old wins Barratt apprenticeship award

A trainee carpenter and joiner has been rewarded for his hard work and high standards by being named Apprentice of the Quarter by Barratt Homes.

17-year-old Jack Ford, from Bordon in Hampshire, was given the accolade in recognition of the quality he has shown by the five-star rated national housebuilder as he continues his training through the Future Skills Centre, part of the Basingstoke College of Technology.

Starting his career journey at Mill Chase School in his home town, Jack has already shown signs of success with excellent performance at construction workshops held with the school as part of Barratt Homes’ educational program. As well as focusing on completing his training and qualifications, this latest success also gives him the role of a mentor to his peers at the New Quarter development underway in Bordon, providing a range of properties in a £1bn ‘green town’ masterplan.

Barratt Homes community liaison manager, Anthony Dimmick, encouraged Jack to apply for the apprenticeship after seeing the young man’s potential at the workshop.

“Jack’s developing a great set of skills and we’re delighted to have him working and learning on our new Bordon development,” says Dimmick. “His enthusiasm and willingness to help others has made him a stand out student – he’s now at the stage where he can mentor others doing work experience.”

The manager of the Future Skills Centre, Steve Gilder, also praises Jack’s success: “[He] has made an excellent start to his carpentry and joinery apprenticeship at the Future Skills Centre. His work as a mentor to current students, while they complete work experience has been a tremendous help. It’s given them the confidence to be part of Barratt’s team when they are on site.”


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