Oxfordshire homebuilder launches apprentice recruitment drive

Published Mon, Apr 4th 2016

Oxfordshire homebuilder David Wilson Homes has thrown its support behind the government’s campaign to boost the number of young people in apprenticeships as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

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Barratt Developments which includes David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes has opened up positions for new apprentices in the region, including bricklayers and carpenters/joiners at its developments across Oxfordshire.

Paul Crispin, managing director of David Wilson Homes, said its apprenticeships provide the perfect foundations for a career in the construction industry and it will be focussing on ensuring apprentices successfully complete their programmes and enter the industry as qualified tradespeople or trainee site managers in order to address the current skills shortage.

“Nationally we have recruited 780 graduates, undergraduates, apprentices and trainees in the past three years of which 480 were apprentices,’’ he said. “By September 2016, we will have around 450 apprentices and trainees currently on a programme, which represents 7.5% of the direct workforce.

“We want to invite anybody with an interest in construction to consider applying for one of our apprenticeships and help us build our award-winning new homes.“

Barratt Developments’ apprenticeship programme sees learners work on an assigned development in the region for part of their working week, as well as taking part in classroom-based learning at a local college.


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