Across the construction industry the shortage of skilled tradespeople is increasing according to recent reports, and this shortage is documented as a key factor of whether the Government will meet its target to build 300,000 new homes each year.
However, as the UK recognises National Apprentice Week, regional developer CG Fry & Son is addressing this issue with a significant commitment to the next generation of skilled tradespeople.
At its new housing developments in the region and within it’s Major Works team, there are apprentices in Carpentry, Bricklaying, Joinery, Site Management and Architecture.
Each year sees a new intake of keen individuals who are looking to learn and gain experience, overseen by highly skilled individuals who excel in their chosen craft.
Philip Fry, Managing Director of CG Fry & Son commented, “We are aware of the skills shortages in the construction trade in general and we are currently working with leading industry training providers to invest in the next generation.
All the apprentices are gaining hands on experience and are working across the CG Fry & Son contracting and development teams in the South West, where they get the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire Devon and Cornwall.
One of them recently attended a school careers fair to explain to students what it’s like to be an apprentice, sharing his experience and career path.
The apprentices are studying at Weymouth, Bridgwater & Taunton and Cornwall Colleges for NVQ Diplomas.
CG Fry & Son has also been awarded silver level accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating its commitment to high performance through good people management.