Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Andy Sawford visited Barratt Homes’ Lyveden Fields development in Corby to meet four apprentices who are learning vital skills there while studying at local colleges.
After a tour of the site, Mr Sawford met apprentice bricklayers Connor Gallacher, Jamie Wright and Ayden Stewart and apprentice carpenter Tom Carter.
He spent time shadowing the apprentices to get a taste of life on a building site and to understand how development projects lead to training opportunities for local young people, as well as new homes.
Mr Sawford said, “It was great to spend time meeting these hard-working apprentices. The experience was a fascinating chance to listen to apprentices in the building industry and also to learn about the latest advances in building new homes. They are learning the skills that we need here to enable Corby to continue to grow.”
Jamie Wright, 17, from Corby, is studying for an NVQ Level 2 in bricklaying at Tresham College. He said; “I’ve been labouring for a few weeks now and I’m really getting into it. It’s hard work but it’s enjoyable.”
Ayden Stewart, 18, who is also from Corby and studying at Tresham College, is a month into an NVQ Level 2 in bricklaying.
He said, “Working on a building site is great. We all get on, work hard and have a laugh. Hopefully I can stay on at Barratt once I’ve qualified.”
When complete, the Lyveden Fields development will provide 143 three, four and five bedroom homes.