Young people in East Hampshire are to be offered skilled jobs on the Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Project in a unique deal with one of the UK's largest residential developers, Taylor Wimpey.
The area's Future Skills Centre was realised by Enterprise M3's £28.7m investment which also included an innovation centre, relief road, a sustainable transport package and enterprise zone site, all to help unlock Whitehill and Bordon’s potential and support housing growth.
Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) now runs the centre and is working Taylor Wimpey, to find apprentices and give them the construction skills they need to help build their home town’s ambitious future.
The new apprentices will be trained at the Hudson Road site in Bordon and then potentially given full employment once their three-year training programme is completed.
Taylor Wimpey has committed to employing 10 bricklaying apprentices to work within the Dukes Quarter section of the redevelopment.
The new apprenticeship opportunities are in addition to the 5 bricklaying apprentices currently employed, building on the established Taylor Wimpey/Future Skills Centre relationship after a successful first year in partnership.
Cllr Ferris Cowper from East Hampshire District Council who helped set up the partnership and is portfolio holder for Whitehill and Bordon, said: “The dream of ‘The Town That Builds Itself’, is becoming a reality!”
"We are delighted to be able to work with these developers, who have a national reputation in collaboration and with the exceptional Future Skills Centre”.
"I'd like to acknowledge the effort put into this by Charles Waggett, a Director of Taylor Wimpey, who adopted my suggestion with enthusiasm and turned it into this very exciting project”.
"The regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon is all about hope for the future. Through this project our young people can have new hope of employment and prosperity in this amazing project that is setting national standards across the board."
Taylor Wimpey which operates locally as part of The Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company, is ready to recruit and deliver excellent training to students at the Future Skills Centre from September 2019.
Steve Gilder, Manager of the Future Skills Centre said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Future Skills Centre to work with such prominent employers and it can only benefit the young people of Whitehill and Bordon”.
The model, thought to be unique across the country, has apprentices working in sectioned off areas of the development, under the watchful eye of a Master Tradesperson, who offers specific guidance and ‘on the job’ training.
By improving the skills base in the Whitehill and Bordon area, East Hampshire District Council hopes to attract businesses and create new employment opportunities as well as mitigating the rising skills shortage in the construction industry.
To find out more about the new apprenticeship programme, please email Steve Gilder
or apply via Indeed
by Friday 31 May 2019. A full job description is also available. Applicants looking to apply will need to provide an updated CV and cover letter.