The 19th – 24th March marked Open Doors week, a national initiative which encourages young people all over the country to go and see for themselves the many intricate details and practices that take place on a live construction site.
Leading housebuilder Linden Homes was thrilled to open the doors to its Wellington Grove site in Merrow, Guildford, which will deliver 16 new family homes to the community upon completion. Students from St Peter's Catholic School in Guildford were in attendance on 22nd March to find out more about the work that takes place behind the scenes to deliver the housebuilder’s award-winning homes.
The housebuilder hosted 17 Year 8 students from St Peter's Catholic School, who were given a tour of the Wellington Grove site which is currently under construction, and the opportunity to try some brick laying. This was followed by a visit to Linden Homes’ head office, where experts from the development team gave presentations on different aspects of the business, and answered their questions and queries.
Philip Chapman, Managing Director for Linden Homes South, commented: “We employ people with a range of skills to deliver our homes. From our land buying team, design, marketing and sales and of course construction, there are a wide range of careers available. We have specialists overseeing every different stage of the building project and we hope our Open Doors event has shown young people what a company like Linden Homes is all about – and shed light on the various professions that are involved.”
Cathy Thompson, Careers Leader at St Peter's Catholic School, added: “It was wonderful to see our young students being inspired by the experiences they participated in with Linden Homes on this visit. Their bricklaying was competitive, their questions extensive, and their interest was maintained throughout the visit, with lots of note-taking!
“The chance to chat with the MD, Directors, Construction staff and Management Trainees was much appreciated, and helped the students to learn about career entry routes, progression routes and transferable skills which relate to careers in construction. We are most grateful to everyone for this opportunity.”
Linden Homes is committed to encouraging more young talent into the sector, and ensuring young people have the opportunity to find their feet and discover their talents as part of the Linden Homes team. The housebuilder’s Management Trainee scheme allows school leavers to earn and learn simultaneously, gaining practical experience in their chosen department whilst working towards a relevant qualification. Open Doors Week gave aspiring young talent the perfect platform to find out more about the scheme and the opportunities available to them.
06 April 2018