Story Homes, the award-winning house builder has worked on more than 35 development schemes across Cumbria, the North West and North East of England and Southern Scotland. The company announced last week that they will be taking on twelve new apprentices and four graduates in order to develop young talent.
Story Homes has consistently committed to reducing the skills deficit and creating opportunities for the next generation of the industry to get started with their career. The property development company has apprenticeships and graduate schemes which form an essential part of their business development strategy. Taking on graduates and apprentices allows the company to work towards their ambitious future plans as well as do their part to reduce the skills gap present and causing concern in the industry.
The development company operate their own Aspire Apprentice Scheme that was first launched in 2016. The scheme looks to recruit the brightest talent from 16 and above. The apprentices as part of this scheme take on a full development programme that involves them working towards their NVQ Level 2 or Level 3. The apprentices will receive on the job training and are also given the opportunity to move in to trainee management at the end of their programme.
The apprentices that have most recently been appointed are bricklaying, joinery and technical trainees who will be working right across Story Homes; key regions before getting to work in their roles on site and in the office. The apprentices have already completed a five-day residential team building and induction programme which was designed to boost their confidence as well as their problem solving skills from the beginning of their training.
The graduate programme is in its third year and the recent intake: Emma Nolan, a Quantity Surveyor; Joshua Haworth, Technical Designer; Lauren Duckworth, Land Planner and Hannah Richins the Strategic Planner will be working out of Story Homes’ Chorley Office. The graduates are selected for the development company’s graduate scheme through a rigorous assessment at centers earlier this year. These assessments challenged the graduates as well as allowed them to meet a number of senior colleagues.