Housebuilder developing young people across Yorkshire
As the housebuilding and construction sector battles an unprecedented shortfall in skilled workers, with 30,000 extra construction professionals needed by 2026, Doncaster-based Keepmoat has announced its commitment to developing young people and creating career opportunities across the UK via its apprenticeships and training schemes.
In 2024, Keepmoat will deliver 51 apprenticeships, demonstrating its commitment to creating accredited work-based programmes designed to help alleviate the skills shortage - Hull teenager, Keiran is one of these apprentices.
Keiran Frankland, 17, is currently employed by the top 10 UK housebuilder as he undertakes a bricklaying apprenticeship at the National House Building Council's (NHBC) Training Hub, based at The Rise development.
Keiran explains: "The apprenticeship route has always been interesting to me because you can earn and learn. I much prefer the on-site environment and I've learnt loads since I started."
"Leaving school, I knew I wanted to pursue a practical role so the construction industry was something I definitely wanted to be part of. Apprenticeships always appealed to me more than going to university and I'm really happy with this route. I have noticed my professional, organisational and communication skills have improved a lot too."
Richard Mell, Site Manager at Keepmoat and Keiran's mentor added: "We're thrilled with Keiran's progression. It is a testament to what can be achieved through an apprenticeship. At Keepmoat, we are really excited to see young people flourish in their roles and become the new generation of bricklayers, especially with the current talent shortage in the industry. There are so many progression opportunities within this field so we are excited to see what's to come."
Darryl Stewart, responsible for NHBC’s apprentice training programme and hubs, added: “It's great to see how Keiran is flourishing at the NHBC Training Hub in Newcastle , which is creating a local supply of talent for the house-building industry and having a positive impact on the lives of all its apprentices.
“Bricklaying is at the heart of house building and is a hugely important skill. NHBC’s training hubs are a key component of our ongoing commitment to supporting the next generation of house builders, equipping them with the skills to build high-quality new homes. Our network of training hubs offer a realistic work environment, expert trainers and an apprenticeship can be completed in as little as 14 months, compared to 30 months offered by traditional options. ”
To find out more please visit: www.keepmoat.com/new-build-homes