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National Apprenticeship Week (9 - 13 March) is a great opportunity to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy, and the importance of training the country’s future workforce – something that we recognise.

Young apprentices laying the foundations for a solid career - by Richard Cherry

Committed to supporting young people and helping them develop their future careers in the house building sector, Countryside employs a number of apprentices on our developments. In training and developing their skills, we work closely with the Construction Industry Training Board, local colleges, and training providers, to ensure we get the right balance of practical on-the-job skills development and theoretical class room training to help them secure employment in the industry.

We currently have 15 apprentices working on-site at our regeneration schemes in London, including apprentice bricklayers, Isaac Din and Desmond Towner, who are both currently towards their apprenticeships at Brook Valley Gardens development in Chipping Barnet, in partnership with Denbre and Barnet College.

Speaking about how he became an apprentice, 21-year-old Desmond (pictured above right), comments “After finishing at Christ College in Finchley, I wanted to get started on a career, and knew that it had to be something hands-on. Being in an office all day never really appealed to me. I did very well with Applied Science at school, and started looking at motor mechanics and engineering, but it wasn’t quite right for me. Then I came across construction apprenticeships and bricklaying in particular really appealed to me. I’m now on my third Countryside development, working four days a week on site, and one day a week at Barnet College. I just a have a few months left until I am fully qualified, which is exciting. “Of course, it’s a manual job, but I find it quite satisfying and motivating to look at your work at the end of the day, seeing what you have built, knowing that it is going to be part of someone’s home. I am looking forward to getting into full-time work in the summer and I think it’s a good career choice and I would recommend it to others. It will certainly help when I come to build my own extension one day!”

Working alongside Desmond is 22-year-old Issac Din (pictured above left), who is on his second Countryside development. Talking about his career choice, he comments: “I really enjoy the craftsmanship of what I am learning, and I believe that it is a solid career with great prospects in the house building sector. It’s not as easy as it looks, and I think there is definitely scope for me to progress and specialise within this field. I have been on-site for over ten months, and I am looking forward to completing my training and continuing my career. I’ve met some great people on-site, and we all work together really well.”

We are delighted with all the apprentices at Countryside, including Desmond and Isaac, and wish them every success. Working with Denbre, we have helped 26 apprentices in the last year at our regeneration schemes in London, from bricklayers and plumbers to plasterers and electricians. It’s testament to the scheme that of all those who have qualified and completed their apprenticeships, each one of them has secured employment in the house building sector.

Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to learn while they earn, gaining fantastic experience, securing valuable qualifications, and preparing them for their future careers. I would encourage other young people thinking about their careers to learn about the opportunities within the house building industry, particularly during National Apprenticeship Week.

Richard Cherry, CEO Partnerships at Countryside

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Here you’ll find property related blog articles from the team at Countryside as well as independent experts. Expect regular tips and advice on topics such as buying a new home, interior and landscape design, setting up home, mortgages and finance, plus articles on architecture, the property market, regeneration and more.

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