Apprentices learning their trade on a landmark housing development in Newport joined developer housing provider Seren Group, developer Lovell and shared apprenticeship provider Y Prentis to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week this month (March) and promote construction careers.
Currently 10 trainees and apprentices are working on Seren Group’s 250-home Loftus Garden Village development near the city centre learning trades including carpentry, plumbing and bricklaying.
The £30 million housing development will create 250 high-quality arts and crafts-style homes – ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom family houses. The homes are available through a wide range of rental and purchase options through Serenliving. Nineteen new homes will be offered for shared ownership sale through Seren on a co-operative basis.
Neil Barber, Seren director of development, says: “It is already apparent that the apprentices at Loftus Garden Village are benefitting greatly from the work experience they are gaining through Lovell, who have an exemplary track record in turning out high-calibre apprentices.
“We are delighted to be able to offer the young people that much-needed first step and wish them all the best in their careers.”
Lovell regional director Kate Rees says: “Apprenticeships can transform lives. They are a great example of how the regeneration benefits springing from a major development such as the Loftus Garden Village scheme extend into the wider community, giving local young people the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications and build the foundations of a lifelong career.
“We’re delighted that so many trainees are being helped by the opportunity to work with our team in Newport. As a national developer, we are committed to bringing forward the next generation of construction professionals and have a long and successful record in apprenticeship training. Bringing young people into the industry and raising awareness of construction careers has always been an integral part of our approach and has never been more important when the industry as a whole faces major skills shortages.” It’s estimated that over 230,000 new construction jobs will be created in the UK over the next five years making it essential that new workers are brought into the industry and equipped with the right skills.
Lovell began work in summer 2014 on the £30 million Loftus Garden Village scheme for Seren, creating a modern garden village on a 16-acre site near the city centre with the first completed properties handed over to Seren Group in November 2015. The development is being built on a brownfield site (formerly the Pirelli cables factory). The scheme aims to deliver an environment that will foster community spirit and encourage healthy, sustainable living with tree-lined streets, parks, kitchen gardens and a community orchard.