More than 40 construction apprentices have been given the chance to learn their trade with Fairview New Homes at its development sites in Colindale over the past 6 years.
The Enfield-based developer has built more than 1,400 new homes on 3 sites off Colindale Avenue since 2011 – the former Colindale Hospital, a piece of land adjacent to Colindale station, and the former British Newspaper Library site.
During construction, Fairview has given opportunities on site to a total of 47 apprentices – most of who live in the Barnet area – to help kickstart their careers.
And, following their experience of life on site, 21 moved on to new jobs within the industry.
Stephen Brown, Area Construction Manager for Fairview, said: “With the shortage of skilled workers continuing to be a challenge for the construction industry, we are committed to doing our part to help to bring through the next generation of housebuilding talent.
“Training apprentices is vital to ensure that the industry has the skilled workforce it requires to deliver much-needed new homes in the years ahead.
“Our apprentices at Colindale have included dry liners, carpenters, painters, plumbers and administrators, and we are particularly proud of the fact so many have gone on to secure further work after their time with us.
“The experience that our apprentices gain on site simply cannot be replicated in a classroom, which is why training on a development site like ours is the best possible preparation for a career in construction.”
Fairview is currently putting the finishing touches to Edition, its development of 395 apartments on the former British Newspaper Library site.