Wirral Metropolitan student Alix Esclapez, 19, is completing a placement on the Fiveways site, work-shadowing the site management team. “It’s been great to get experience on site,” says Alix, who is studying for a BTEC Level 3 qualification in construction management and the built environment. “There are things that I’m studying as part of my course such as sustainable construction and health and safety which I’ve now seen put into place on a real-life development.”
The placement was arranged through Lovell’s long-term partnership with Wirral Metropolitan College which has enabled 23 students to benefit from supervised work experience with the Lovell team building new homes at Minshull Way.
“It gives students a taste of their chosen career and helps shape their college studies, showing them the kind of thing they will be doing if they work in the industry,” says Gemma Hill, the College’s work placement officer. “It’s been a really successful arrangement for us and we are very grateful for Lovell’s support in providing these placements which help the students develop their skills and decide in which direction they want to go.”
Lovell regional training coordinator Paul Woby comments: “Lovell has always believed in doing everything we can to attract young people into construction and create the skilled workforce needed to support our own continuing success and the industry as a whole.
“The ongoing skills shortage and impact of Brexit make this even more of a priority. Working with Wirral Metropolitan College to support students and give them the chance to see the opportunities available to them is also an important part of our commitment to bringing a wide range of benefits to the communities where we build.” Lovell in the North West has trained over 120 apprentices over the last five years directly and through the company’s supply chain partners.