Local students learned from the experts when they went behind the scenes at one of Hull’s most high-profile housing developments.
The visit to The Leeway was organised by developer Compendium Living in partnership with housebuilder Lovell and training provider Hull Training and Adult Education. It gave 20 local students working towards NVQ qualifications the chance to view homes under construction as part of Hull City Council’s large-scale regeneration of the Ings area. Lovell is working on the redevelopment as part of Compendium Living.
The event enabled students to tour the development, meet the site team, including Lovell regional director Robert Adams and Ings site manager Andrew Gill, get a close-up view of the construction process and find out how homes are built to stringent sustainability standards.
Gary Parkinson of Hull Training and Adult Education says: “The visit to Compendium Living was an excellent opportunity for our apprentices to experience a working site and it enabled them to learn more about the different stages of construction and to understand the importance of sustainability in the sector.
“The strong partnership between us provides apprentices with a platform to develop their knowledge and to gain vital practical skills. We appreciate the continued support from Compendium Living in offering our young people employment opportunities, which will be the start of their long and successful careers in the sector.”
Lovell regional director Robert Adams says: “It was great to welcome the Hull Training students on to our site at Ings and show them round. Providing this type of opportunity is an example of how the wider community benefits from this major regeneration programme. The students were able to gain insights into life on a construction site as well as find out about the bigger picture behind the development, and talk to our team about housebuilding careers. Events like this help young people at the start of their working lives develop into the skilled professionals we want to encourage into the industry – particularly during this time of major skills shortages in construction.”
It’s estimated that over 230,000 new construction jobs will be created in the UK over the next five years. Lovell and Compendium Living are committed to providing training opportunities in communities. Lovell currently employs two apprentices working on the Hull project and expects to recruit up to four more apprentices later this year. Week-long work experience placements are currently being hosted on the Ings scheme for six Hull Training and Education students.
As part of Compendium Living, Lovell is building a £7 million development of 65 homes in the Ings area of Hull. The scheme will create 39 homes for open market sale by Compendium Living and 26 homes for the Together Housing Group for shared ownership. The scheme is the first phase of the transformation of the Ings area with 770 new homes and new landscaped public open space.