Higham Ferrers apprentice back in town to work

James Fett, 16, from Higham Ferrers, has been taken on as an apprentice by developers Westleigh
James Fett, 16, from Higham Ferrers, has been taken on as an apprentice by developers Westleigh

An apprentice chippy from Higham Ferrers has been employed to work on building sites, in his home town, by Midlands housebuilder Westleigh.

James Fett is working towards his NVQ Level 1 in joinery at Moulton College, whilst undertaking work experience on-site with the developer.

The sixteen-year-old is currently working at the Victoria Fields development in Higham Ferrers which will see 29 new homes built on the site of a former leatherwork factory.

James said, “Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming and it’s been really good so far.

“I knew I wanted to do an apprenticeship because staying in school didn’t appeal to me and I had been interested in learning carpentry and joinery for a long time.

“The apprenticeship is very hands on which is exactly what I was looking for and I already feel like I’ve learnt a lot.”

James is one of six new apprentices to be taken on by Westleigh.

Chris Beighton, Managing Director of Westleigh, said, “We are delighted to welcome James and our other new apprentices on board.

“Apprenticeships combine on the job experience with classroom based learning and are one of the most effective ways to build construction skills for the future and get to grips with working life.

“It’s great to know that James has found his time with us so far to be so positive, and I wish him every success.”