Coventry Apprentices building their future
Five apprentices are learning the tricks of the trade on a housing development in Coventry.
Aged between 17 and 20, the apprentices are helping to transform the site of an old council depot building on William Lewis Walk, Coventry into 36 high-quality homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.
The £4.2m housing scheme is a partnership between housing provider Midland Heart, construction company Bouygues UK and Coventry City Council, supported by funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Head of Development at Midland Heart, Anna-Maria Edwards, said: “We are extremely proud that our partnership work with Bouygues UK is providing apprenticeships and training opportunities to help people start their career in the constructions industry.”
Sarah Bishop, 20, who is studying quantity surveying at Wolverhampton University and working as a trainee assistant site manager at Bouygues UK said: “I’d 100 per cent recommend getting into the building trade. I am thoroughly enjoying my time working for Bouygues and all the valuable knowledge I am learning whilst working on site.
“I would love to see more women working in construction. I am hoping to influence a new generation of women to get into construction, challenging preconceptions and take on roles in what has historically been a male dominated industry.”
Anna-Maria continues: “It is important to Midland Heart to continue to support apprenticeships, we have welcomed this as an important step in addressing skills shortages and inviting young people to consider a career in the industry.
“It’s great to see Sarah doing such a great job on site – I’m sure she will help inspire more women to choose this as a career path.”
Jamie, 18, has been working on the site for the past 3 months as a carpentry apprentice; “Being an apprentice is great” he said; “It’s worth it to get a trade and a qualification behind you, I’d definitely recommend it.”
Peter Chester, Project Lead for Bouygues UK said: “I am lucky to work for a large construction company, Bouygues UK which actively encourage apprenticeships in all trades and professions.”
Work started on site in May 2016 with the new homes forming part of the HCA’s New Affordable Homes Programme which aims to increase the supply of new affordable homes in England by March 2018. Work on site is due for completion in Autumn 2017.
Find out more about apprenticeship’s at Midland Heart.