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Apprentice carpenters build careers through Norwich homes scheme

A brand-new housing development in Norwich is helping launch the construction careers of three young Norfolk-based carpenters.

Eighteen-year-old Cameron Ward and 24-year-old Billy Ashley, both from Norwich, and 18-year-old Myles Tuddenham from Dereham have just been recruited by housing developer Lovell to work on its popular Firs Park new homes scheme in Hellesdon.

They are acquiring skills and qualifications as part of the Lovell team building 67 high-quality two-, three- and four-bedroom homes only three miles from Norwich city centre. Properties are being quickly snapped up at the development which is creating rarely available new-build homes locally.

Lovell Regional Training Advisor Jo Scott with Lovell apprentice carpenters LtoR, Cameron Ward, Myles Tuddenham and Billy Ashley

Lovell regional managing director Simon Medler says: “Lovell’s community legacy commitment is about ensuring that alongside the new homes we deliver benefits – such as these apprenticeships – which extend the positive effects of the development as widely as possible.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Billy, Cameron and Myles to our team and look forward to supporting them as they progress their careers. Nurturing the next generation of qualified workers is vital to ensure that Lovell, and the wider industry, has the skilled workforce available to deliver the new homes which are urgently needed across the UK.”

Myles says: “My apprenticeship is enabling me to gain the essential site experience I need to gain my NVQ qualification, and it means I can earn as I learn. Coming on site for the first time was a bit daunting but everyone is very friendly and helpful. What I like about the job is that every day on site is different.”

Cameron, who lives only a short distance from the Firs Park development, is also experiencing his first taste of life on a construction site. He comments: “I’m getting the opportunity to work on more things that you can in a college environment. It’s been good having the chance to work on roofs and floors.”

Myles and Cameron are both working towards NVQ Level 2 carpentry qualifications, combining their time on site in Hellesdon with studying on a day-release basis at City College Norwich. Billy, who has already completed his Level 2 qualification, is pursuing his advanced Level 3 award with Construction Training Specialists in Norwich.

Lovell provides tools and protective clothing for the recruits as well as funding their apprenticeships, including paying college fees. Each apprentice is mentored by Lovell regional training advisor Jo Scott.

The sales and marketing suite is open at Lovell’s Firs Park development from 10am to 5pm, Thursday to Monday, at Eversley Road, Norwich NR6 6TA. Alternatively, please call 01603 418607 or visit lovellnewhomes.co.uk to find out more.