Date: Monday 05 March 2018
Our West Scotland’s Young Persons’ Forum is supporting Skills Scotland Scottish Apprenticeship Week by highlighting how life changing an apprenticeship can be for young people in and the wider benefits they provide for the industry.
Running from Monday 5 to Friday 9 March, Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 aims to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and economy.
The Young Persons’ Forum – the first of its kind within our network of 24 regional businesses in the UK - ensures that the business is continuously engaging with its young employees.
The Forum underpins our commitment to recruiting, developing and retaining young people in our workforce and it is proud to have secured the Investors in Young People (IIYP) silver accreditation.
Caroline Proctor, Senior Land Manager at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and Chair of the Young Persons’ Forum explains: “Our Young Persons’ Forum is passionate about presenting Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, and the wider housebuilding industry, as an attractive career opportunity for young people in our local community.
“We’ve got an energetic group of young people who are enjoying successful career paths thanks to the commitment shown to them by Taylor Wimpey, and they’re keen to share the word.
“Last year they supported Taylor Wimpey at seven events to promote the housebuilding industry and they engaged with over 600 young people at various school, career and STEM events – aiming to inspire the next generation to following in their footsteps.
“As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week we’ve shared some of their profiles to showcase their journey so far with us, and we hope that it will encourage more young people to consider our industry.”
We are fully committed to supporting our young apprentices who enjoy the combination of working and earning whilst they are learning.
Willie Burns, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland comments: “Our young people are a real asset to our business. By providing support, mentoring and funding to their apprenticeships, training and learning across many of our departments, we have invested in their future success and that of our business. It is also an important investment in the future health of our wider industry and the economy as a whole.
“As a business we are also keen to retain the skills that our young people have acquired, so it’s important that we support them through each of their transition stages as they develop their career, continue to offer them opportunities to continuously improve. Supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for us to showcase their first steps on the career ladder and share their ambitions for the next stage of their journey with Taylor Wimpey.
“We hope that our continued investment in young people will go some way to promote our industry as an interesting and dynamic place to work, which will in turn nurture the future of the housebuilding industry.”
Further information about Scottish Apprenticeship Week is available by visiting the website a twww.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk. Or join the conversation #ScotAppWeek18.
Details about apprenticeship and other career opportunities within Taylor Wimpey are available at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/careers.
Shannon Flynn, Sales Management Trainee, aged 19
“I started working at Taylor Wimpey in October 2016 as temporary administrator in the sales department with no previous knowledge of the industry. In January 2017, I was offered a full-time role as a management trainee. With Taylor Wimpey’s support and help from my colleagues, this role has allowed me to further my career and education.
“I started college in August 2017 to study HNC Business and will be going in to my second year this summer, hopefully progressing on to university in the future. I completed school with no plan of what I wanted my career path to be and was lucky enough to be employed by such a supportive company.
“I enjoy my role in the sales department as I get to spend time out on-site as well as in the office, this allows me to see different sides of the industry.”
Ben Goodman, Final Year Graduate, Graduate Management Programme, aged 25
“I’m a final year graduate trainee, having started at Taylor Wimpey in September 2016, I have rotated around all core departments within my first year. I am geographically based within the Northern Division, and I’ve spent time in three different offices with an external rotation in the Taylor Wimpey España business.
“The exposure to different business units and different departments has allowed me to develop a real insight into the Taylor Wimpey process and culture, whilst gaining a breadth of knowledge and seeing the industry-wide, regional and office specific challenges we face. My experience to-date has led me to pursue a career within Project Management.”
David Neilson, Apprentice Site Manager, aged 24
“I am a Glasgow-based apprentice site manager and I have brought the skills I’ve learned from my background in joinery to aid my role in becoming a successful assistant site manager. I’ve been interested in construction from an early age and I secured a joinery apprenticeship at just 16 to gain some essential construction knowledge.
Taylor Wimpey is furthering my education in construction by sponsoring me through a BSc Construction Management degree at Glasgow Caledonian University, and I’m currently based at Annsfield Farm in Hamilton. I joined Taylor Wimpey to help further my construction knowledge to gain all the necessary skills to climb the construction career ladder."
Gavin Rees, Assistant Engineer, aged 22
“I attended St Andrews and St Brides High School in East Kilbride, and I joined Taylor Wimpey in June 2017 as a trainee engineer. Whilst working in this position, I am also completing a BSc (Hons) in Environmental and Civil Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University.
‘I joined Taylor Wimpey to further my career path after achieving my HNC and Modern Apprenticeship. Taylor Wimpey has allowed me to continue my career alongside my education - this is definitely the best way to gain the best of both worlds. I have managed to progress financially and independently and would implore anyone to look at apprenticeships.”
Fraser Martin, Apprentice Joiner, aged 20
“I left school at 17, and I started working with Taylor Wimpey 4 years ago as an apprentice joiner. I've gained lots of experience and knowledge in a short time. It’s a really diverse trade. I can be working on anything from installing timber-kit houses, to working on the roofs, as well as getting involved in the high standard of finishing with our new homes that everyone can see.
“In my first and second year, my college rotation was two weeks on-site, followed by two weeks at college. It meant that I could learn the theory side of my trade and then have the chance to put my learning into practice on-site.
“My third year at college has offered an optional course to secure an additional qualification in joinery that will further improve my skill set and knowledge, and enhance my practical skills.
“I can't recommend an apprenticeship enough. My friends are at uni right now and at the end of their course they have no guarantee of a job. Whereas I do and I have been learning and earning for the duration of my apprenticeship.”
Sean Morrison, Apprentice Site Manager, aged 20
“I have worked for Taylor Wimpey since the summer of 2016, working on various developments across the West of Scotland. I am currently based at Dargavel Village, Taylor Wimpey’s new site in Bishopton.
“As part of my apprenticeship, I also attend Glasgow City College one day a week studying towards my HND in construction management. This offers an excellent balance between work and education.
“My time within the company has been full of opportunities which allows me to continue to further my knowledge. I look forward to progressing with Taylor Wimpey and seeing what the future holds.”