Over 40 new construction apprentices have been given the opportunity to learn a trade with Fairview New Homes at its development sites in Colindale over the last six years.
The Enfield-based developer has built over 1,400 new homes on three sites off Colindale Avenue since 2011 – at the former Colindale Hospital, together with a piece of land adjacent to Colindale station, and on the former British Newspaper Library site.
This level of construction has allowed Fairview has given opportunities on site to a total of 47 apprentices – most of whom from Barnet area – to help kickstart their careers. This on-site experience has led 21 of them to new jobs in the housebuilding industry.
Stephen Brown, the company’s area construction manager, says: “With the shortage of skilled workers continuing to be a challenge for the construction industry, we are committed to doing our part to help to bring through the next generation of housebuilding talent. Training apprentices is vital to ensure that the industry has the skilled workforce it requires to deliver much-needed new homes in the years ahead.
“Our apprentices at Colindale have included dry liners, carpenters, painters, plumbers and administrators, and we are particularly proud of the fact so many have gone on to secure further work after their time with us.
“The experience that our apprentices gain on site simply cannot be replicated in a classroom, which is why training on a development site like ours is the best possible preparation for a career in construction.”
Fairview New Homes latest Colindale site is called Edition, a development of 395 apartments on the former British Newspaper Library site.