Date: Wednesday 22 October 2014
We’re delighted to welcome apprentices Riley Simpson and Jed Smith on board with us, following their participation in the ‘Get into Home Building’ pilot programme that ran at Edinburgh College earlier this year.
‘Get into Home Building’ is a partnership between Homes for Scotland, The Prince’s Trust and the Construction Industry Training Board, and is designed to help get unemployed young people into careers in the home building industry.
A total of 14 young people participated in the five-week pilot ‘Get into Home Building’ course, developing skills across a variety of trade disciplines (including carpentry, plastering, brickwork and painting and decorating), as well as gaining hands-on experience with our experts in the East Scotland region.
In addition to acquiring valuable site knowledge, the students also achieved CSCS site safety cards and received wider training to help improve communication, reliability, teamwork and CV/interview skills.
Following the course, Riley (18) is currently working as an apprentice joiner at The Scholars in Dalkeith, while Jed (20) is an apprentice bricklayer at our Cameron Gardens development in Bilston.
Riley, who lives in a Taylor Wimpey home in Bonnyrigg, says: “Getting an apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey gives me a sense of security and I’m really looking forward to working through my full apprenticeship to learn as much as I can.
“When I’m at home in Bonnyrigg it’s really strange to think that I’m learning a new skill that will help Taylor Wimpey to build more great homes just like mine!”
Jed, whose dad was a joiner and brother-in-law is still in the trade, says: “I’ve always been around the industry and it’s exciting to know that I’m now part of it! Having an apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey is such an amazing opportunity and I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can to progress my career. In just a few weeks I’ve learnt so much and I’m really enjoying the hands-on experience at my development.”