As part of its commitment to supporting employability in West Cumbria, Carlisle-based housebuilder Story Homes has upskilled a local young person to help prepare him for the world of employment.
Working alongside Carlisle Jobcentreplus and Inspira – a career management and personal development organisation – Story Homes recently offered Mark Bowers, 20, a day of work experience at its Edgehill Park development in Whitehaven.
Mark, who has some special educational needs due to being on the Autistic spectrum, is considering embarking on a construction course was looking for first-hand experience of working on a building site. Both Inspira and Carlisle Jobcentreplus worked together to help secure the Story Homes work experience placement for Mark, with the aim of empowering him with the skills and confidence needed to reach his potential in work.
The Lakes College student spent the morning at Edgehill Park working alongside Story Homes’ Assistant Site Manager, Ryan Tallantire who set Mark to work completing some of the day-to-day tasks at the development – including brick laying, operating site machinery and viewing plots to learn about the different build stages involved in constructing a home.
Mark said: “I really enjoyed the work that I was doing out on site and I learned lots of new skills. The hands-on experience from this placement with Story Homes has given me a taste of what a career on site would be like and it will definitely help boost my CV.”
Ryan Tallantire, Assistant Site Manager at Story Homes, said: “Our business promotes diversity and flexibility within our workforce, and we are proud to have built a team of people who come from a many different backgrounds. We are committed to employability in West Cumbria and further afield, and this includes helping young people to gain the experience they need to enter employment. We really enjoyed having Mark at Edgehill Park for the day and he proved to be a natural on site!”
Steph Armstrong, Support for Schools Adviser & SEN Mentor at Carlisle Jobcentreplus, said: “Thanks to Story Homes for giving Mark such a fantastic opportunity to visit a building site to gain an insight into the real ‘world of work’, gain practical experience and develop workplace skills.”
Founded in 1987 by current CEO Fred Story, Story Homes is a housing developer building more than 900 new homes in 2019/20 across Cumbria, North West and North East England and Southern Scotland. Edgehill Park is a development of three and four-bedroom homes located in the Georgian town of Whitehaven. For more information click here.