Learning the trade: William Davis appoints nine new apprentices

Housebuilder, William Davis has taken nine new apprentices on to its award-winning training scheme.

Joining the Loughborough-based company are bricklayers, Callum Gamble and Max Harrington; joiners, Daniel Axten and Joshua Wallis; plumbers, Jacob Keogh and Isaac Harper; electricians, Sam Hubbard and Joe Hill; and quantity surveyor, Lewis Ingram. Each of the new recruits will undertake a three or four year apprenticeship to achieve an NVQ Level 3 or HNC with on-site training being supported by academic studies at Leicester College or Loughborough College.

As part of their first week’s training, the new apprentices spent time on William Davis’ flagship development at Grange Park, Loughborough with site manager, Simon Smith.

Apprentice training supervisor, Gary Long explains:

“Our aim is to give the new apprentice intake opportunities to learn right from the outset, and taking them onto a live building site does just that. Immediately, they get to see the day-to-day activities taking place as well as meet and speak to the site managers and tradespeople they will be working alongside.”

William Davis has been operating its apprenticeship scheme for over 60 years, and has been recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service, NFB, CIOB and CITB for its commitment to delivering successful apprenticeships.  Including this latest intake, the company currently employs 35 apprentices.

Gary added:

“Apprentices have proven to be an invaluable resource of talent so over the next four years, the in-house apprentice masters and I will guide our new recruits to develop into confident, skilled and qualified professionals with bright futures.”

Following completion of their induction, which included learning about the construction industry, site health and safety procedures, equipment and tools, the new apprentices are all now working with their mentors on the company’s sites across the Midlands.