The developer behind Derby’s £100 million Castleward development is helping to train the next generation of builders, after taking on its second apprentice.
Harry Boyall (16) has just joined Compendium Living as a joinery apprentice and will now spend two years training for NVQ Levels One and Two while working on the city’s landmark development project.
Compendium Living is developing 30 acres of brownfield and underused land between the city centre and Derby Midland Station into a new urban community.
Compendium Living will create a total of 17 apprenticeships during the lifetime of the Castleward project, which is expected to take between 15 and 20 years to complete, with three recruited during its first year.
Harry, of Belper, comments: “It’s been a really good experience so far and it was definitely the right decision for me to take up an apprenticeship.
“Being on site is different to a full-time college course as I think I’ll learn more than I would sat in a classroom, but I also get paid while I complete my training.
“My brother is a joiner and I used to help him with his work, I found I really enjoyed it and as he’s doing really well he encouraged me to do the same.
“Everyone at Compendium Living has been helpful and friendly, and they treat me like part of the team, which is great.
“I would recommend it to other people my age because it offers you good experience and you get to meet new people.”
Harry will now spend four days a week training with the Castleward team on site and one day at college.
Last month Jonathan Bradbury, 17, became the first apprentice to join the Castleward team as a trainee bricklayer.
Richard Plowman, Site Manager at Compendium Living, comments: “We’re pleased to welcome our second apprentice to the Castleward team and are delighted to have Harry on site.
“The Castleward development is bringing major positive changes to the heart of Derby and one of our main commitments is ensuring that young people in the city benefit from this project.
“We are proud to be training the next generation of house builders and to be able to provide young people like Harry and Jonathan with an opportunity to take their first steps onto the career ladder.”
Compendium Living, selected as the preferred developer by Derby City Council and the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, is currently constructing phase one of Castleward’s new urban neighbourhood.
Phase one will feature 163 homes, a number of which are now available to purchase off-plan, 16,500 sqft of commercial space, a boulevard and a new urban park.
Castleward has become the country’s second development project to achieve certification under the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Communities following a voluntary assessment earlier this year.
Find out more by visiting www.castleward.co.uk or calling 01332 903111.