David Wilson apprentices

Budding tradesmen are laying the foundations for careers in the construction trade after being taken on by Housebuilder David Wilson Homes Mercia.

Thomas Burkitt, age 18, and Shaun Turner, 24, who are both studying for their qualifications at City of Wolverhampton College, have joined three other apprentices at the Solihull based company.

Thomas, from Sedgley, is studying for his NVQ Level 1 in Bricklaying. The 18-year-old will develop his skills while working at Baggeridge Village in Gospel End.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to go into this type of work and the chance to earn while learning a trade is very appealing. Through this apprenticeship I hope to become fully qualified and it will give me the opportunity to develop a career so I’m not stuck in a dead end job.”

Shaun, who is also working at Baggeridge Village, is studying for his NVQ Level 1 in Carpentry after deciding to take on a new challenge having previously worked as a delivery driver. He found out about the apprenticeship opportunity after visiting the site to ask about work opportunities.

He said: “I visited Baggeridge Village to see if they had any work and the apprenticeship scheme was recommended to me so I’m happy to have been accepted.

“I worked as a delivery driver but I wanted to do something different and fancied a challenge. I am looking forward to getting on site and learning the trade and I hope to work my way up through the company.”

John Fitzgerald, managing director of David Wilson Homes Mercia, said: “Having started as an apprentice myself, I know apprenticeships are an excellent way to learn and develop in the construction industry.

We are always looking to strengthen our workforce and through our apprenticeship scheme we are delighted to be training the housebuilders of tomorrow.”

David Wilson Homes’ parent company, Barratt Developments, says it has created more than 3,000 new jobs at its sites across the country in the past year alone, and has pledged to take on a further 1,100 apprentices, graduates and trainees between 2014 and 2016.


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