A young man has recently joined Warwick-based housebuilder AC Lloyd Homes as the company recruited someone to add to their existing nine-strong bricklaying team.
Billy Wyllie is now working at the company’s Chesterton Gardens in Leamington Spa four days a week, with the fifth day spent at the Moreton Morrell campus at Warwickshire College for part of his NVQ Level 2 in bricklaying.
The 18-year-old was offered the apprenticeship after impressing the bosses at the housebuilder on work experience while studying Level 1.
Billy says: “I am enjoying it and it is great to have an apprenticeship in a skill which I am learning about every day. I already feel part of the team and with the number of projects which AC Lloyd are involved in, I know I am going to be kept busy.”
The new recruit has certainly not lost his appetite for continued learning: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of learning and studying at the same time and I am working hard on my NVQ Level 2 because I then want to progress to Level 3. Apprenticeships give you more experience of the world of work as well as giving you a chance to find out which career you want to do and this is the industry for me.”
One of his impressed bosses, health and safety officer at AC Lloyd, Steve Essex, says: “He is the first apprentice we have taken on for some time and we are also looking to recruit an apprentice carpenter as well.
“Billy first came to Chesterton Gardens on a week’s work experience and he impressed the team he was working with so we extended it and then offered him an apprenticeship. He is working on phase two of this busy development which is creating 125 homes as well as a communal area and children’s play area. Bricklaying is a fantastic occupation and Billy is learning a skill which is really valuable and we are glad to have him on board.”