Housebuilder seeking apprentices now for Chesterfield development

July 11, 2018 / Keith Osborne
Housebuilder seeking apprentices now for Chesterfield development

William Davis Homes has announced that it has four vacancies and is searching for four new apprentices to take positions at its recently opened Skylarks development in Chesterfield, with an application deadline of Friday 20 July.

The highly respected housebuilder – three times given five-star rating by the Home Builders Federation for customer satisfaction – is working in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council and Chesterfield College for apprentice placements at the Derbyshire development in four key skills: bricklaying, joinery, electricals, and painting and decorating.

Gary Long, apprentice manager at William Davis Homes, says: “We’re pleased to announce we’re seeking four new recruits specifically from the Chesterfield area as part of our commitment to offering local labour opportunities. This is a significant chance for young people to make a tangible difference to their community, while at the same time developing a lifelong career path. Our apprentice scheme has been running for more than 50 years and has won many awards, so aspiring apprentices can be assured of first-class training.”

Successful apprentices will be mentored on site at Skylarks by William Davis Homes’ directly employed apprentice masters, while completing their academic training at Chesterfield College to achieve a minimum NVQ Level 3.

“It is really important to us that local residents benefit from the jobs and training opportunities created by developments taking place within the borough,” says Cllr Terry Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for economic growth. “That is why we launched the Apprentice Town initiative which aims to raise awareness of apprenticeships and encourage the education, business and learning sectors to work with us to deliver more apprenticeship opportunities for local people. So we are really pleased that William Davis is offering apprenticeships to people who are interested in having a career in the construction industry. The skills they learn will set them up for good quality careers.”

David Higham, commercial director at Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College Group, adds: “The apprenticeship opportunities on offer from William Davis Homes give local people a fantastic way to develop a career in construction. It’s clear the company has a huge commitment to investing in people and growing them through training and it’s this approach which really benefits apprentices and employers. We’re proud to be working in partnership with them through the Apprenticeship Town initiative and look forward to recruiting and working with the new apprentices.”

William Davis Homes has been actively working in a number of roles with Chesterfield Borough Council for almost a year to support local labour initiatives for almost a year. This has involved speaking at conferences, conventions, a ‘meet the buyer’ event and in schools, together with acting as an enterprise advisor at Outwood Academy  and, where possible, awarding contracts to local suppliers.

Find out more about these roles by calling Learning Unlimited Team at Chesterfield College on 0345 850 1055, or through the Find an Apprenticeship service.

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