Pittville School students were given an insight into the construction industry when they were invited to tour a local new homes development and learn about apprenticeships and other opportunities within the sector.
The group of 16-year-olds, who are all considering an apprenticeship within building, were welcomed to Bovis Homes' Furlong Rise location in Prestbury, and given the opportunity to meet workers there, ask questions and find out about working within the industry.
“This was a terrific chance for the students to see what happens out on a building site and learn more about apprenticeships,” says Pittville School headteacher, Richard Gilpin. “It has demonstrated what doors are open to them and it has helped to strengthen the opportunities an apprenticeship offers.
“The visit has given the students a lot to think about and it has been really interesting to see it first-hand.”
Students were introduced to Furlong Rise by regional managing director, Supriya Ray, and site manager, Dave White, who gave them an overview of the industry and Bovis Homes. The youngsters were then able to find out more about apprenticeships from Claire Webb, HR business partner, and Philip Young, who recently completed an apprenticeship scheme while working at the site.
“It was the best decision I ever made,” says Philip, who attended Prince Henrys High School in Evesham, where he lives. “I did a year at college and then joined Bovis Homes. Once I had completed my carpentry apprenticeship, I secured a job with the company and I am now a trainee assistant site manager and I love it.”
Supriya and Dave took the students around the site and showed them the homes in a variety of build stages and explained the house building process.
Lewis Fitzpatrick, 16, lives in Whaddon and is hoping to do a bricklaying apprenticeship. He said: “I have a friend who works in the industry and he says it's good fun, so I'm really interested in house building. It's been good to hear more about it and I plan to apply to do an apprenticeship once I complete my GCSEs.”
“We were delighted to show the students around our Furlong Rise development,” says Supriya. “We aimed to show them just what's involved in house building, as well as discussing our experiences and explaining more about our apprenticeship scheme.
“The UK housing industry is growing, there's always a need for new homes and for many people it's a job for life, with lots of opportunities for progression and development.”
Bovis Homes has taken on more than 100 apprentices in recent years, in both trade and office-based jobs. The home builder also offers trainee positions and work placements.
Bringing a range of three, four and five-bedroom homes to the area, Furlong Rise has already welcomed new residents and is now a growing part of the community.
To find out more about Furlong Rise or apprenticeships with Bovis Homes, visit www.bovishomes.co.uk