Larkfleet Homes South West is forging new links with the community by creating new educational opportunities for local students dreaming of a future in the construction industry.
The company has just taken on a local student in an apprenticeship work experience placement.
The placement is part of a scheme run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Bridgwater & Taunton College.
The student, Courtney Graham who is known as 'CJ', continued with his college work experience module of 30 hours and the CITB Apprenticeship Industry work experience program of 10 full days of work. CJ went through a full programme of training and real-world tasks, which included a formal interview in addition to commercial and design work set by the team.
Commercial manager Steve Ramsden says: "It was great having CJ as part of the team for the duration of the placement. This was the first time he had worked in an office environment. The experience was a positive one and we hope he will be able to apply what he has learned to his ongoing studies."
CJ told us: “All the things I did and learned about while I was working at Larkfleet were incredibly helpful on my course.
“I have already applied some of the things I have learnt to my course which has benefitted me greatly. I am surprised I was able to do this since I hadn’t worked in the company too long.”
Steve says it was great to see CJ develop in confidence over the duration of the scheme and to be able to offer a local lad a positive experience of the construction industry.
Larkfleet Homes South West will continue to engage with the CITB and Bridgwater & Taunton College to offer a similar scheme to other students in the future.
It’s great news for Larkfleet Homes and for the future of housebuilding in the South West!