Hartlepool students lead the way on new housebuilding apprenticeships

Michael Hogan and Luke Shaw are the future for North East housebuilder Avant Homes.

Tuesday, 28th May 2019, 5:09 pm
Michael Hogan and Luke Shaw

The firm is planning for the future with a new apprenticeship scheme, aimed at encouraging more young people to seek a career in the housebuilding industry.

The scheme provides candidates with hands-on experience in a real-life environment, taking skills already learned in school and college and developing them on the job - and Hartlepool College of Further Education students Michael and Luke are the first to sign up.

Commercial trainee, Michael said: “I’d seen Avant homes first-hand at showhomes in the area and I was really impressed. It’s an industry that I was interested in beforehand and I could tell Avant was a company that was going places.

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“I’ve really enjoyed learning new skills in an industry that I’d never been a part of before. It’s been great working with a good bunch of colleagues who I’ve learnt a lot from. After I’ve finished my apprenticeship and qualifications, I’d like to stay with the company and work my way up.”

Technical trainee Luke added: “I was attracted to the Avant Homes apprenticeship because I’m interested in engineering.

“I’m really enjoying the apprentice scheme with Avant. I’m benefiting from first-hand experience whilst learning the tricks of the trade.

“I’ve worked across a number of different projects.”