Young builders given chance to put first brick in the wall of their construction careers

Ayden Stewart who has been taken on as an apprentice in Corby by Barratt Homes NNL-140228-141928001
Ayden Stewart who has been taken on as an apprentice in Corby by Barratt Homes NNL-140228-141928001

Four local building apprentices have started work at a Corby building site as part of a recruitment drive by a national housebuilder.

Four of those have now started work as apprentice labourers at Lyveden Fields on the Oakley Vale estate .

The latest apprentices, Jamie Wright, 17, Ayden Stewart, 18, Connor Gallacher, 20 and James O’Sullivan, 19, are learning on the job while undertaking NVQ courses at local colleges.

James O’Sullivan, 19, from Corby is doing an NVQ level 3 in plumbing at Tresham College .

He said: “It’s been brilliant so far; the course is good, I’ve been getting along with people here and I can’t wait to take it further.”

His colleagues Jamie Wright, 17, and Ayden Stewart, 18, are both doing bricklaying NVQ level 2 qualifications at Tresham College.

Ayden 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.”

They are working alongside 20-year-old Connor Gallacher from Long Buckby who is also doing a bricklaying apprenticeship.

Andrew Swindell, managing director at Barratt, said, “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. They are a vital part of our business and we pride ourselves on the level of investment we make every year to ensure that talent is developed and valued.

“We are encouraging anyone considering what to do after school, or indeed anyone keen for a career change, to take a serious look at apprenticeships. They are an excellent stepping stone into an industry and give you the chance to earn and learn at the same time.”

To find out more about apprenticeships at Barratt Homes click here.