A new generation of talent have been offered a route into the housebuilding industry this National Apprenticeship Week [February 2022] as Bellway looks to fill 57 apprentice roles.
Bellway’s West Midlands division, based in Tamworth, will take on an apprentice buyer in its commercial team, who will study for a Level 4 qualification equivalent to a foundation degree.
The initiative takes the total of entry-level roles created by Bellway this year to almost 100, following the launch of a recruitment programme offering 41 graduate positions last month.
Ben Wright, Managing Director for Bellway West Midlands, said: “As we strive to help meet the need for more high-quality homes, it is vital that we continue to attract more people to the industry, and that we offer them the support and training they need to succeed.
“Bellway is proud to have an increasingly diverse workforce. By offering roles where people can earn while they learn, we hope to open up the possibility of a career in construction to those who may not have previously considered working in the industry. This will include school and college leavers, but could also open doors to people looking to change career.”
Dan Ferguson was named as one of Bellway’s top five apprentices last year in an awards scheme which also included contractors’ apprentices. Dan is training to become a quantity surveyor.
He said: “I came into Bellway straight after finishing my A-Levels with very minimal work experience.
“I have been enjoying every minute of my time working at Bellway. No two days are the same and I am getting a lot of valuable experience.
“There is a supportive community feel within the company and I genuinely feel like a valued part of the team.”
The apprenticeships being offered for 2022 include opportunities at Level 2 (GCSE equivalent), Level 3 (A-level equivalent) and Level 4 (equivalent to a foundation degree).
Ben added: “While Bellway has grown from a family firm to one of the top five housebuilders and a FTSE 250 company, those founding family values have stayed with us for 75 years.
“People are at the centre of our business. Without our committed and talented teams, we would not be able to maintain the level of customer satisfaction which has enabled us to retain our HBF five star rating for five consecutive years.
“Our new apprentices will be well supported by colleagues and progression through the business can certainly follow. Many of our long-serving and senior members of staff joined Bellway, or the industry, through an apprenticeship, and they are passionate about the opportunities these roles can bring.”
Anyone who is looking to start an apprentice role from this spring can find out more, including how to apply, at Bellway.co.uk/careers.