Demonstrating its considerable efforts to expand its skilled workforce in today’s new homes market, the North West division of national housebuilder David Wilson Homes has just announced that it has taken on 11 new apprentices and joiners and bricklayers.
Six joiners and five bricklayers have been taken on to work across the company’s regional sites, with all of them combining their on-site experience with part-time study at local colleges.
Andrew Taylor, planning director for David Wilson Homes, says: “I am delighted to welcome these eleven apprentices to David Wilson Homes and hope they learn as much as possible whilst working with us. I’ll be liaising with our new starters’ colleges and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to ensure they get the most out of their courses and get the best start in their chosen trades.”
Once of the new recruits is apprentice bricklayer Dominic Howl, will be working at Victoria Mews, a development in Southport. Aged 17, he lives in Warrington and is studying Engineering Level Two at University Technical College Wigan. He says: “My aim is to become a professional bricklayer and then I want to work on my skills and eventually move up the career ladder with David Wilson Homes, I am really looking forward to getting started on-site.”
Fellow Warringtonian Harry Cooper, 16, is studying Level Two Bricklaying at Cardinal Newman, continues a family tradition in construction at the Winnington Village development in his home town: “I would like to work in the same industry as my father and grandfather as it is becoming a family tradition; I’m looking forward to getting more experience under my belt and seeing where this apprenticeship takes me!” Harry will be working at the Winnington Village development in Warrington.
Studying the same topic at Barrow Hall College,and based at the St Chads site in Winsford, is 17-year-old Jack Cansfield, who says: “I have always wanted to be a bricklayer and I am really pleased to have the opportunity to work for such a brilliant company. David Wilson Homes is a leading homebuilder in the industry and I am really grateful to have been selected for this opportunity.”
Also placed at Winnington Village, Nathan Roberts is studying Level Two Joinery at Riverside College and he adds: “David Wilson apprenticeships have a really good reputation and they look after their employers, I have met people who started as apprentices and worked their way up through the company to become site managers, and that is an exciting prospect for me.”