Housing Minister Kris Hopkins visited Corby to see how the town is enjoying a boost from housebuilding, providing much needed homes and jobs.
During his visit he met apprentice Liam McMahon, 18, of Post Office Close in the town, who landed an apprenticeship with local firm A&G Construction after looking for a job for 18 months.
Liam, who is now working on the Keepmoat development of 55 homes at Arran Rise, off Willow Brook Road, said: “After a year at Tresham College I attended Morthyng Academy, the training centre in Corby, and they found me a work experience placement with A&G Construction.
“This opportunity has given me a trade and I hope I’ll never be out of work again. The site workers are always there to give me advice and lend a hand when it’s needed.
“Being out of work was tough but I know that once I finish my apprenticeship I’ll have the skills I need to get a job in the construction industry.”
During his visit to Corby the minister visited Priors Hall Park, the development site covering more than 1,000 acres which will eventually include 5,100 homes, four schools, 500 acres of parkland andcommercial space.
The previously stalled development has been unlocked with £4.8m of Government cash from the Get Britain Building programme, funding 169 new homes and essential infrastructure that will open up the remainder of the site to a range of housebuilders.
Mr Hopkins said: “Homes are now being built on this previously stalled site, with thousands more in the pipeline.
“That means new homes for hard working families, and thousands of jobs for young people in the town.”
Corby is also set to benefit from £2.1m for delivering 495 new homes in the area last year – including 126 affordable properties.
Council Corby leader Cllr Tom Beattie said: “We are very pleased that the Housing Minister, Kris Hopkins, was able to see first-hand the work and successful development that is continuing to take place in Corby.”