Simon Medler, regional managing director of Lovell in East Anglia, said: “I started my career in construction as an apprentice carpenter and progressed from there, so I know first-hand the brilliant opportunities available to young people to work and become qualified in this industry. We are delighted to welcome our 10 new starters and give them a springboard into this sector, which is a hugely rewarding, fast paced and challenging.
“The construction industry is well reported to be suffering from skills shortages and we are committed to developing new talent and providing jobs for the future. With sites across the region, this year has been incredibly busy for Lovell and as a result, we are delighted to be able to take on more new starters than ever before.”
19-year-old apprentice bricklayer, Harley Russell, said: “I’m really looking forward to gaining more experience and being able to learn on the job with Lovell. I wanted to do something that was hands-on, rather than all classroom based. I’m looking forward to learning and then being able to put it straight into practice.”
Kynleigh Parker, trainee assistant site manager at Lovell, aged 22, said: “There is a lot to learn on a three year course and lots of doors to open, but the world really is your oyster doing a job like this. I’d heard so many really good things about Lovell, their quality, the kind of work they do and career development opportunities – you can progress as high as you’d would like, but you have to be willing to put the hard work in. I would say to anyone thinking of going into construction, bite the bullet and do it!”
Earlier this year, we were delighted to announce our link up with The Wensum Trust, a not-for-profit multi-academy education to sponsor two students from Acle Academy which will lead onto apprenticeships in 2022. A longer-term commitment will also provide students at all the Trust’s High Schools with opportunities on-site, and see the Trust embedding construction into the curriculum for 11 to 16-year-olds.