Lovell, which is working on a number of major housing schemes in King’s Lynn, is marking National Apprenticeship Week (5 to 9 March, 2018) by highlighting the contribution apprentices have made to its success.
The business – which doubled its East Anglia turnover during 2017 – invests heavily in training, currently employing seven apprentices across the region.
Regional managing director Simon Medler – who himself started working in the construction industry as an apprentice carpenter – comments: “Apprenticeships are a key way in which the company gives back to communities and creates opportunities for local people. But as a business with ambitious plans for continuing growth, we also recognise that nurturing apprentices and other trainees is essential to support those ambitions.
“Investment in training ensures we have the skilled workforce needed to work on our growing portfolio of high-quality homes developments across East Anglia and keep delivering for our customers and clients.
“We work hard to support our apprentices, providing them with opportunities to keep developing their careers with us, helping them progress their skills and often, helping them move into management roles so that we retain their expertise. That’s reflected in the high number of former apprentices still working in the business, including members of our senior management team.”
Lovell currently employs three apprentices based on the Orchard Place development in King’s Lynn, where it is working in partnership with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to deliver 130 new homes.
They include 18-year-old Harry Knight, from Terrington St Clement, near King’s Lynn, who began his bricklaying apprenticeship with Lovell last year. Harry says: “Landing an apprenticeship with Lovell has got my career off to a brilliant start, allowing me to get paid while I learn my trade and be part of Lovell’s training programme. My training mentor Jo Scott is always available to offer advice and while on site, I work alongside people with years of experience who are helping me develop my craft skills.”
To find out more about apprenticeships with Lovell, visit the Lovell stand at the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival on 7 and 8 March at the Norfolk Showground. You can also visit https://www.lovell.co.uk/careers/ for more information on careers with Lovell.