Regional housebuilder William Davis Homes has been named the 2018 Apprentice Employer of the Year at this year’s Leicester Mercury Business Awards, reflecting the company’s heritage in training its trade skills staff.
The company, one of three finalists in the apprentice employer category, was founded over 80 years ago and has been employing up to ten apprentices every year since the 1960s. This year, the company has extended its apprentice intake to 13 to include construction groundworkers.
Charlotte Moreland, managing director at category judge Training for Business, a specialist provider of business-based apprenticeships, says: “This was an incredibly tough category to judge with a high calibre of entries, however William Davis Homes stood out immediately as clear winners. Their support, enthusiasm and sheer dedication to apprenticeships is second to none and it was truly inspiring to see proof that these apprenticeships lead to a long term career with the company.”
This awards ceremony is now in its fifth year and is aimed at rewarding the most dynamic individuals and businesses in Leicester and around the country which are making positive contributions to the local community and economy.
Gary Long, M&E and apprentice manager for William Davis Homes, collected the award together with apprentice master, Dave King and multi-award-winning bricklaying final year apprentice bricklayer, Jake Dominy. He says: “Winning this award and gaining recognition from our peers in the Leicestershire business community is simply fantastic. We’re exceptionally proud of what our scheme has achieved; we estimate we have trained almost 500 apprentices over the last 50 years and this has undoubtedly had a positive impact on our success. This award is a superb endorsement of our commitment to championing young people. We’re busy reviewing applications for our 2018 intake so it’s great news for aspiring tradespeople that they know they will be joining an award-winning scheme!”
William Davis Homes is currently on-site at five developments across Leicestershire alongside others in Worcestershire and Derbyshire, and has plans to commence more across the East and West Midlands later this year.