Property Developer creates careers pathway

Northern-based property developer Story Homes has taken encouraging steps to getting youngsters into the construction industry, writes development specialist Richard Carr.

Apprenticeships

Richard Carr bemoans lack of skilled workers

Company ready to give youngsters a chance in the industry

Over the last year, Poole-based Richard Carr has aired his frustrations regarding the lack of skilled construction workers and the impact that it’s having on the sector as a whole. Richard believes that the industry needs to do more to make careers within it more interesting to youngsters and he is pleased to see Storey Homes doing exactly that.

The developer has recently opened up applications for its apprenticeship scheme, which will recruit 12 apprentices in both joinery and bricklaying across the north east, north west and Cumbria.

12 apprenticeships won’t change the face of the industry, but Richard hopes that other developers will take note and set up similar schemes in their areas.

Storey Homes’ scheme will focus on recruiting youngsters from 16 years upwards who have recently left school and college. The scheme will offer a full development programme, including on the job training and the potential to move into trainee site management.

Setting the standard

Richard Carr believes it’s the perfect time to enter the industry with demand far outweighing the current supply of properties across the UK.

Shelley Hawyard, Story Homes’ talent and development Manager, agreed with Richard.

“There has never been a better time to consider an apprenticeship, with more businesses understanding the unique benefits of on-the-job training than ever before.

“We have always valued the hands-on approach of apprenticeships and many of our former apprentices have achieved great things within the business.”

“Being an apprentice at Story Homes offers candidates more than just an earn-while-you-learn experience – we plan for everyone’s future careers.”

How to apply

Applications for the scheme can be made on the Storey Homes website and will close in mid-February. The recruitment process will involve a telephone interview and completion of a real-life brief at an assessment centre.