Andy and Jasmine highlight apprenticeship benefits

Date: Monday 09 March 2015

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We are supporting National Apprenticeship Week by highlighting the life-changing opportunities apprenticeships offer young people.

Running from Monday 9th to Friday 13th March, National Apprenticeship Week 2015 is aimed at celebrating apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and economy.

Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, which has apprentices working at our developments at Great Western Park in Didcot and Greenwood Meadows in Harwell, is fully committed to supporting the initiative.

Andy Eddington is a Trade Apprentice learning carpentry at Great Western Park, while Jasmine Humphrey is a Site Management Apprentice at Greenwood Meadows.

Andy (19) started with us in September 2013 having studied joinery at college and Jasmine (20) was recruited in October 2014, following experience in retail, pub work and estate agency.

Both spend four days a week on site, with one day at college – Andy is working towards NVQ Level 2 Carpentry, while Jasmine is studying for a BTEC HNC Level 4 in Construction and the Build Environment.

“I'd really encourage people leaving school or college to consider an apprenticeship,” says Jasmine. “It’s a real advantage to be paid to do a job at the same time as working towards a qualification which will help you in your career.”

“Working in construction is good because you’re spending time outdoors being active, not sitting at a desk,” says Andy, who is due to complete his Level 2 qualification in the summer and hopes to go on to do a third year to gain Level 3. “Taylor Wimpey is a good company to work for because you’re given plenty of support on the job to help you progress.”

Trade apprenticeships typically include bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, with the majority of the time spent working with the production teams on site.

Meanwhile, site management apprenticeships involve learning first-hand how the business works as a whole, and include spending time with staff from the technical, commercial, land and planning, sales, finance and customer service departments.

Apprentices are supported by a mentor while working with experienced tradespeople and also gain formal qualifications through day release programmes. Commitment, enthusiasm, hard work, pride in their work and a determination to succeed are a few of the qualities that we expect their apprentices to demonstrate.