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L-R: Matthew Littlechild, Shaun West, Leanne Godley and Anthony Dimmick

The country’s biggest housebuilder has thrown its support behind an Isle of Wight initiative to help people climb the career ladder.

Barratt Homes has joined forces with Wheatsheaf Trust, which has been working on the Island for since 2016 to provide opportunities for young people to gain work experience. It’s hoped the valuable skills and knowledge people gain from their time with the housebuilder will help them progress in their careers, whether they choose to work in the construction industry or not.

Anthony Dimmick, community liaison manager for Barratt Homes, said:

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“We’ve been building homes of the island for many years and during that time we’ve seen the amazing work Wheatsheaf Trust does to help local people get back on track. When the opportunity arose to support the trust and its users by providing work experience on our sites on the island we leapt at the chance.

“Even for people who don’t intend to go into the housebuilding industry, getting work experience will be a valuable step on the ladder towards their chosen career.”

Several young people have already had a chance to try work experience with Barratt Homes, which is bringing new homes to the island through its Bluebell Meadows development in Newport and Hawthorn Meadows in East Cowes.

Leanne Godley from Wheatsheaf Trust said:

“We pride ourselves on the great support and advice we give the people who come through our door. Ultimately, we are reliant on local businesses to provide real work experience opportunities to those we work with and we’re thrilled that Barratt Homes has stepped forward. The opportunities it gives to young people have the potential to change lives.”

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The Wheatsheaf Trust works with people to help them improve their lives. It believes that everyone has something to contribute to society, everybody can be helped to reach their potential, and everyone should have a second chance at learning, work and personal development.  It has helped over 6000 people into work since it was founded in 2000.

Find out more about the charity and if you work in an island business and want to get involved in supporting local people go to. www.wheatsheaftrust.org or call 07496160080.

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