Date: Wednesday 11 March 2015
Bradley Lowes – who kick-started his career in the construction sector as a Taylor Wimpey apprentice in June 2013 – has gained invaluable, hands-on experience within the industry and now works as an Assistant Site Manager for us thanks to our apprenticeship scheme.
Bradley explains: “I’m currently working in the production department at Taylor Wimpey as an Assistant Site Manager at the Acklam Hall development in Middlesbrough. I have also gained experience in various parts of the business such as engineering, sales and planning, which would have been impossible for me to do without the scheme.
“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to get hands-on experience, as they offer a well-rounded opportunity for you to get lots of practical experience while also learning.”
We currently employ 17 apprentices across the North Yorkshire region, in a variety of sectors including construction, sales and planning.
Debbie Whittingham, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire, comments: “As a company, we are reaping the benefits of investing in apprenticeships and nurturing the next generation of homebuilders – and we would urge other businesses to do so too.”
Across Britain, we recruited 102 apprentices during 2014, with a retention rate of 96%. The average age of apprentices at Taylor Wimpey is 21 – our youngest apprentices are 16 and the oldest 35.
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, says: “Apprenticeships are thriving in England, with significant Government investment, making it the ideal time for people to become an apprentice or for businesses to hire one.
“Apprenticeships provide proven benefits to employers. They help businesses to improve productivity and competitiveness. Almost nine in 10 employers who had hoped for benefits as a result of hiring an apprentice received them. Apprentice employers report benefits including improved skills levels, service, morale and productivity.
“And young people can ‘get in and go far’ with an apprenticeship at some of Britain’s biggest and brightest companies. They can gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning.”