The Yorkshire division of national homebuilder, Bellway Homes has shown its commitment to developing young careers in the construction industry by welcoming eleven new apprentices.
Bellway Yorkshire has taken on more apprentices than any of the company’s other 21 regional divisions in the UK, and says it’s imperative for the future of the industry to develop and nurture young people in highly sought after skills such as joinery and bricklaying.
Steven Lister, head of construction for Bellway Yorkshire, said: “The construction industry continues to grow, therefore training the next generation is vital not just for Bellway, but every other housebuilder to ensure the supply of high quality new build homes continues into the next generation and beyond.
“It’s about more than just learning the trade; it’s about perfecting the skills and having the right attitude, and all eleven apprentices have shown they have the passion and enthusiasm to learn and build a career.”
Bellway Yorkshire’s new influx of apprentices includes three trainee joiners; Matthew Hunt, Patrick Harrison and Joseph Flynn; and eight trainee bricklayers; Jonathan Charles, Tom Crombie, Ben Curtis, Conor Durkin, Liam Mawson, Archie Wrigglesworth and Mason Roberts.
Melanie Smith, Bellway Yorkshire’s head of sales, said: “We’re proud of all of our apprentices, whether new, current or qualified, and the role they play in ensuring Bellway remains an NHBC 5-star builder year after year.
“We’re certainly on track to meet our apprenticeship targets this year, both as a region and nationally. Remaining part of the 5% Club, which is committed to driving ‘earn and learn’ skills training opportunities, is something we strive towards, and we will certainly hit the targets again this year.”
Bellway, whose membership of the five 5 % Club means it is committed to having at least five per cent of its entire workforce earning and learning, is currently building 15 new communities in Yorkshire, with developments in Anlaby, Apperley Bridge, Driffield, Guisborough, Harrogate, Howden, Leeds, Market Weighton, Pannal, Pocklington, Queensbury, Swanland, Thirsk, Wakefield and Wetherby.