Loughborough-based housebuilder, William Davis Homes has congratulated the most recent graduates from its award-winning apprentice scheme as it plans the recruitment of a new team to meet its growing needs.
Multi-award-winning Jake Dominy, along with colleagues Sam Beaver, Jack Harrison, Ryan Hill, Josh King and Liam Moss, will all complete their studies this year – and all plan to remain with the housebuilder to develop their careers. The 21-year-old bricklayer says. “Starting a construction apprenticeship was the best choice I could’ve made. I’ve learnt a skill for life and gained a professional qualification but have also been encouraged to take up other opportunities such as talking to school leavers, which has helped me develop presentation skills and grow my confidence.”
Having run its own award-winning apprentice scheme for over 50 years, the company estimates it has trained almost 500 apprentices in this time and recognises the importance of National Apprenticeship Week in attracting more candidates to this work/training combination.
The company is planning to expand its range of apprentice opportunities. Gary Long, M&E and apprentice manager, explains: “Our annual apprentice intake typically seeks to employ aspiring bricklayers, carpenter/joiners, plumbers, electricians and maintenance mechanics but we’re now extending our search to include construction groundworkers. Our college partners now offer a two year Civil Engineering NVQ Level 2 for this trade, which focuses on infrastructure design such as roads and sewers as well as housing foundations, substructures and pavements, so it made sense to expand our scheme and find future construction groundworkers.
“This means that for 2018, we’re offering up to 13 apprenticeship and technical trainee placements. The closing date for applications falls during National Apprenticeship Week so we’re encouraging those considering a career in construction to apply quickly. Plus by the time our new recruits start work in August, they’ll be mentored by some of our ‘class of 2018’ graduates!”
William Davis Homes apprentices will undertake a three-, four- or five-year programme via a combination of practical and academic teaching, as the company aims to sustain its reputation has a top housebuilding recruiter. “We’re exceptionally proud of the longevity of our scheme,” adds Long, “which has undoubtedly made a significant impact on our business as it’s enabled us to train and retain a directly employed workforce, but also for the careers it has forged, in some cases resulting in more than 30 years’ service and roles within senior management or on the executive board. With applications rising year on year, we’re confident those who choose to apply for our 2018 intake will be following a successful path.”
Come to listen and talk about housebuilding careers – apprenticeship, diversity, training and leadership – at our New Homes Debate in London on Thursday 15 March 2018.