Developer Helps Build Careers Construction Students

A behind-the-scenes tour of Pentland Homes’ Scholars Village in Folkestone provided construction students with an insight into the workings of the industry.

The Ashford College students, aged 16 to 18, learned about daily life on a construction site as well as the various career paths available in the construction industry.

The event, held to commemorate National Apprenticeship Week 2016, began with a standard operative induction, followed by a site tour of plots in the early stages of construction all the way up to the finished show homes. Students were able to speak with contractors and site managers at every opportunity, asking questions about their experiences.

Because Pentland employs two and a half times as many women as the industry average, an important message was sent: construction isn’t just for boys.

Kara, an Ashford College student, was overjoyed to be able to ask questions. “I got to speak with people on site and learn about what they do,” she explained. It was exciting to watch the construction of a house and learn that it takes 20 weeks to complete.”

Subcontractors also participated, many of whom are responsible for apprentices and thus in an excellent position to inform students about work experience and apprenticeship schemes, as well as offer employability advice.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet employers in person and learn about the important aspects of a development programme of this scale, such as health and safety and environmental considerations,” said Chris Tyler, Ashford College’s work placement co-ordinator.

“They also learned a lot about how to get Apprenticeships and what employers expect.”

With the construction industry confronted by the twin challenges of an ageing workforce and a skilled labour shortage, Pentland Homes believes that housebuilders must become part of the solution.

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“Encouraging more young women – and young people in general – into the construction industry will not be solved overnight,” said Julia Price, Sales and Marketing Director for Pentland Homes. “However, initiatives such as apprenticeships are an important way to develop a new skilled, young workforce.”

“Because our buyers are both men and women, it makes sense for women to be involved in the design and construction of homes.” As a growing company with a strong reputation for quality, we understand the critical importance of attracting, developing, and retaining a skilled workforce to ensure our long-term success.

“This event allowed us to meet more of the future’s young talent, and we strongly believe apprenticeships are an important way to support and encourage them.”

Pentland Homes’ reputation has steadily grown since its roots in the 1960s to become Kent’s premier housebuilder, and in recent years, the company has experienced unprecedented growth, with close to one hundred completions in 2015-2016, in addition to the award-winning extra-care home in Ashford.

Canterbury, Hawkinge, and New Romney are among the projects that will soon begin construction.

Last Updated on December 30, 2021

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