Story Homes to launch apprenticeship drive

Story Homes to launch apprenticeship drive

Family-owned housebuilder Story Homes is looking to address the region’s skills shortage in the construction sector with a major apprenticeship drive.

The company is looking for young people to join its Aspire Apprenticeship Schemes in both bricklaying and joinery.

Altogether 12 apprentices will be recruited across Story Homes’ North West and North East operations.

Candidates are not expected to have worked on site before, and all apprenticeships are supported by the Construction Industry Training Board.

According to the board, around 21% of the North East’s construction workers will retire in the next five to ten years, posing the threat of skills vacuum.

The scheme has been greeted with a warm response from the regions business leaders, including the North East Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber’s chief executive, James Ramsbotham, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to learn a valuable vocational skill.

“Through our NECC Apprentice Greats book we saw that many leading North East business people began their careers as apprentices, so these appointments bring exciting prospects.

“NECC is keen to facilitate greater collaboration between business and education so to see Story Homes developing its own apprenticeship programme is very encouraging.”