Home Builders Apprentices On A Roll

Local homebuilder, Linden Homes are flying the flag for Apprentices as the company continues to highlight to its sub-contractors the value of employing young people and ensuring the next generation of trades people have the skills and qualities to succeed.

In partnership with Ofsted Outstanding training provider, PSC Training & Development Ltd., Linden Homes currently has over 50 Apprentices employed on the scheme, throughout Cornwall and Devon. They are either employed directly by the homebuilder or employed via their supply chain.

Linden Home’s Apprenticeship Coordinator, Pat Brown said: “We aim to help tackle the housing shortages throughout the South West as well as provide practical, long term support to young people wanting to learn a trade. It shows how partnership between the public and private sector can deliver high quality, sustainable homes and strengthen local communities.

Working closely with our partnered training provider PSC Training, we have successfully secured over 50 apprenticeship placements within our supply chain as well as creating additional directly employed apprenticeships within our Western region. The apprenticeship programme provides learners with ongoing support and training through a structured pathway to their diploma and key skills.”

Two Apprentices currently directly employed by Linden Homes at their Boslowen site are Wes Todd 19 from Redruth, and Ryan Evans, 17, from Cambourne. Wes and Ryan both applied for the opportunity to work with the homebuilder, who at the time was offering just one Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship at their Cambourne site. They each impressed the Linden Homes interview panel with their attitude and willingness to learn, that both were taken on to the scheme.

Wes said: “I’m really glad that I decided to do a Carpentry Apprenticeship and got given the opportunity to work with Linden. No two days are ever the same when you work on-site, there’s always something new to learn, and the people I work with are all experienced trades people so I know I’m getting the best training for my future as a carpenter.”

Pat concludes: “We are committed to providing jobs as well as homes in the areas that we work. As part of our First Time Buyers initiative, occupants of the affordable housing need to be ‘Qualifying Persons’. These are people who have lived in the former Kerrier district for the past five years, or have a strong local connection, were educated there, or employed there.”

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For further information please contact Anju Sarpal PR Manager for Linden Homes SW on 07918 907773 or email anju.sarpal@lindenhomes.co.uk

09 May 2012

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