Apprenticeship scheme builds construction careers

Date: Thursday 12 March 2015

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Bradley Latter is a Trade Apprentice learning carpentry at our Needham Maltings development in Needham Market, while his Site Manager Dale Smith started as a Taylor Wimpey apprentice at our St Edmunds Gate development in Bury St Edmunds.

Bradley (20) spends four days a week on site, with one day at college. Before he joined Taylor Wimpey he was at college learning general building on a multi-skills course and he’s now in the third year of his apprenticeship. Last year his hard work and commitment was rewarded when he won the National Federation of Builders Award, presented by the Suffolk Joint Consultative Committee.

Meanwhile, Dale (28) completed a three-year trade apprenticeship in bricklaying with us after joining the company in 2006 and then quickly progressed in his career.

As a management trainee, he completed an honours degree in Construction Management while working for Taylor Wimpey, first as an Assistant Site Manager at St Edmunds Gate – where he was placed in charge to complete the development – and then officially as Site Manager at Beaufort Park in Watton, before moving to oversee construction at Needham Maltings.

“I would like to progress further,” he says. “The next step up is Production Manager, which is a position I would hope to achieve over the next few years.

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

Bradley adds: “Working in construction is good because you’re spending time outdoors being active, not sitting at a desk. Taylor Wimpey is a good company to work for because you’re given plenty of support on the job to help you progress.”