Our North West Division has welcomed a trio of new recruits to its management trainee programme - a five-year structured apprenticeship programme that includes work-placements, higher education, and management skills.
Jacob Riddell, Tom Brearley and Ben Walker will spend the next 12 months rotating through the key business functions of land, technical, commercial, operations, and sales and marketing to thoroughly understand the business.
At the end of their first year, the trio will then specialise as trainees in their favoured department and will be matched with an appropriate apprenticeship qualification, continuing to gain experience while completing their studies.
Jacob, who previously studied at The Manchester College on the Architectural and Construction Engineering Scholarship and completed extended industry placements on Lovell’s Manchester sites, said: “I am so pleased to be joining the Lovell team as the trainee programme is not only an incredible opportunity, but is with a company I am genuinely proud to be part of.
“I really enjoyed working on the Lovell sites as part of my BTEC course so when I got the call I was delighted. I’m starting my year in the operations department and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in. I’m a big fan of new experiences so joining Lovell and learning on the job is a challenge I’m really up for.”
Bridging the skills gap and training the next generation is something Lovell is passionate about, with more than 10% of Lovell team members in the North West beginning their careers as a trainee with the firm.
Lee Sale, regional managing director of our North West division, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ben, Jacob, and Tom to the team and begin training them across all areas of the business.
“The scheme is designed to fuel the growth of our business by providing a pipeline of talent into junior management positions and we firmly believe that by giving a solid grounding across departments, this programme sets us up with the Lovell leaders of the future. I look forward to seeing the trio’s careers develop over the next five years.”
Chris Wright, assistant principal at The Manchester College, said: “It’s amazing to see Jacob progress from his ACE Scholarship into Lovells Management Trainee programme. Lovells and the College have worked together with a consortium of other constructers, to co-create and co-deliver the Architectural and Construction Scholarship, ensuring that the curriculum we jointly deliver, is truly aligned to the industries needs. We’re all very proud of Jacob here at The Manchester College and are sure that hell be a valuable addition to Lovell team and wish him all the very best for the future.”
Lovell is a leading provider of partnership and open-market housing, with expertise in housing-led regeneration including new-build, open-market housing, refurbishment, planned maintenance and assisted living. The North West region spans from Cheshire to Cockermouth and has an expert team with exceptional local knowledge.