The next generation of construction apprentices are starting their careers on site at a new homes development in Harrow-on-the-Hill.
Four new recruits are swapping their textbooks for hard hats as they embark on an apprenticeship programme run by developer Fairview New Homes at the Lexicon development in Gayton Road.
Abha Shrestha, Tyrone Boyefio, Jahvarn Smith and Reece Parekh are learning their respective trades under the guidance of Fairview’s experienced team of staff on site at Lexicon, led by Building Director Stephen Brown.
Stephen said: “Apprenticeship schemes play a vital role in recruiting and training young people for skilled jobs in the construction industry and have proved to be the route to the top for several members of our workforce.
“We believe that, with a strong level of commitment and willingness to learn on the job, our apprentices will have every chance of enjoying successful and fulfilling careers.
“Our current crop of apprentices are wise beyond their years and have really hit the ground running, so we have high expectations for each of them as they progress with us.”
The four trainees, who all live in the Harrow Borough, have been recruited by Fairview in conjunction with K10 Apprenticeships, as part of a programme to help local trade apprentices get into work.
Each of the apprentices spends four days a week on site at Fairview’s Lexicon development and one day at college.
Abha, 24, said: “I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship, working towards being a full-time quantity surveyor in the construction industry.
“I find the job itself to be very interesting and the staff at Fairview make the experience so much more enjoyable because they are inclusive and make me feel like part of the team already.”
Tyrone, 22, said: “My apprenticeship is in plumbing and heating, so I have the opportunity to do something different every day on site which is keeping me on my toes.
“I’m doing much more hands-on work than I thought I would be, spending time with my supervisor who has been great with me, teaching me things thoroughly so I can see a job through from start to finish, and even supporting me with my college work.”
Jahvarn, 20, said: “I’m training to become an assistant site manager with Fairview so I am working closely with the current leadership team at Lexicon who have been a big help to me.
“I’m learning so much in such a short space of time. I have even asked to come in on Saturdays so I can gain as much experience as possible and because the Fairview way is to go the extra mile.”
Reece, 18, said: “I have only recently joined Fairview but already I feel like a valued member of the team.
“They have integrated me into a good group of people who have fun on site whilst taking their work very seriously, and that’s an approach I really admire.”
Fairview is building a total of 230 apartments at Lexicon. For more information, call 0208 023 9171.