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Lovell launches apprentice recruitment drive in Norwich during National Apprenticeship Week

During National Apprenticeship Week (6 to 10 March), city-based housing developer Lovell is looking for two new trainees to work on a major new housing development in Norwich.

The company, based in Thorpe Road, Norwich,  is recruiting an apprentice bricklayer and apprentice carpenter to join the team delivering new homes at Firs Park, a £13.5 million development of 67 homes  –  57 for sale and 10 affordable homes – under construction by Lovell in Hellesdon, Norwich.

The company wants to hear from people already studying for their NVQ Level 2 professional qualifications who are looking for the industry experience essential to complete their training.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone at the start of their construction career who wants to make a positive contribution to their community as part of our team at Firs Park and gain industry-recognised qualifications,” says Lovell regional training advisor Jo Scott. “They’ll develop their skills under the guidance of our expert craftspeople and will be supported by Lovell throughout their college-based training. We’re looking for talented trainees who are enthusiastic, like a challenge and will make the most of the chance to become part of our highly successful apprentice training programme.” The new apprentices will work mainly on site, with the trainee bricklayer attending college on a weekly day-release basis and the apprentice carpenter going to college for three-day stints.

Visit  to find out more and apply. Applications must be submitted by 31 March with suitable applicants set to be invited for an assessment day in April, followed by interview.

Lovell began work last summer on the Firs Park development which is three miles north of Norwich city centre. The company has just unveiled the first of its new homes for sale with homes already being snapped up by buyers. The Eversley Road development is in an established residential area, and will create two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and two-bedroom apartments for sale, as well as 10 affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments and bungalows.

Lovell regional managing director Simon Medler says: “Investing in training opportunities is a crucial part of our commitment to making a difference in communities and ensuring that the positive effects of our housing projects benefit the community as a whole. It’s also important for us as a company, with many of our senior management team – including myself – having started their careers as an apprentice. Apprenticeships enable us to bring fresh recruits into the industry, develop their skills and make certain we have the workforce capable of delivering the new homes needed across the UK. We’re very excited to be launching these training opportunities through our development at Firs Park.”  Simon began his own construction career as an apprentice carpenter.