This week, we have welcomed twelve new apprentices into our business as part of our ongoing commitment to investing in and developing young talent.
This year’s intake, which includes bricklaying, joinery and technical apprentices, will work across our key regions of Cumbria and south Scotland, the North West and the North East. The twelve new recruits were selected at our apprentice assessment centres earlier this year, beating tough competition from 80 applicants.
Our apprentices have kicked off their Story career by taking part in a five-day team building and induction programme with our partner Brathay in Cumbria, aimed at building their confidence, problem solving skills, and preparing them for the transition between school and work.
The apprentices – who are training towards an NVQ Level 2 – were also given the opportunity to meet senior site staff in advance of starting on-site or in the office next week.
We launched our Aspire Apprenticeship Scheme in 2016, with the aim of recruiting the brightest and most passionate school and college leavers from 16 years and upwards. As part of the scheme we offer a full development programme, including on-the-job training and the potential to move into trainee site management at the end of a successful programme.
As a rapidly growing housebuilder we recognise the importance of playing our part in addressing the skills shortage in the construction industry, and by providing young people with sustainable positions and training programmes we can find the next generation of talent to continue Story Homes’ growth.
Shelley Hayward, Talent and Development Manager at Story Homes, said: “Following on from the success of last year’s apprenticeship scheme, we are delighted to welcome twelve new recruits into the business.
“As most of them will be working on-site from next week, it is crucial that our apprentices are confident, alert to potential risks, and eager to learn the skills necessary to operate in what can be a daunting environment, which is why we introduce them to Story Homes with this residential activity week. The apprentices and the production colleagues who have joined in with some of the activities have all enjoyed getting to know each other and starting to build these vital skills. We look forward to working with this year’s intake and to seeing them grow and progress during their time with us.”
Frank Lincoln, Group Production Director, said: “The induction week is a great opportunity for our new apprentices to get to know each other and develop their team building, communication and problem solving skills. By the end of the first day the communication and interaction between the team had already significantly improved. It was great to see how they started to bond and help each other to succeed in the challenges.”
For more information on the apprenticeships we offer, visit www.storyhomes.co.uk/careers/young-talent/apprenticeships/.