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David Wilson Homes apprentice follows in brother's footsteps in Uttoxeter

David Wilson Homes apprentice follows in brother's footsteps in Uttoxeter

Leading homebuilder David Wilson Homes welcomed a construction apprentice to its Bentley Fields development in Uttoxeter to help him develop his skills and knowledge of the trade.

Conor Hughes from Telford is currently studying NVQ Level 2 and 3 Bricklaying at Stephenson College in Coalville whilst also working with the site team at the Sorrel Close development.

He said: “I became a primary school teacher after leaving school, but I changed my mind after my brother joined Barratt as a bricklayer.

“I’d always wanted to learn a trade but I didn’t really know how to start but the Barratt Homes apprenticeship scheme is amazing.”

With an apprenticeship individuals can focus on the work, fully immersing themselves in the trade, commercial, or technical side of housebuilding.

Conor said:

“I’m enjoying working outdoors and being shown the ropes by the bricklaying gang, which means I’m learning my trade faster than if I were to be just in a classroom.

“Going out on site is completely different to learning in an office or a classroom, not only is it faster and more efficient, but I get to earn respect from my colleagues.”

Conor previously completed BTECs in teaching and performing sport to become a PE teacher at a primary school.

Now, he spends eight weeks on site in Uttoxeter and two weeks at college learning the theory of bricklaying and completing coursework.

Conor continued:

“I’m really looking forward to qualifying, I love doing the apprenticeship but I can’t wait to make my own path and have a gang of bricklayers of my own.

“Ultimately though, I would like to go down the Site Manager path with Barratt Homes.”

Dominic Harman, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Mercia, said:

“Through training opportunities like this, we are able to develop fresh talent and support people though the rest of their career.”

Bentley Fields is now open on an appointment only basis for more information visit the website at or call the sales line on 0333 355

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