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Appprentices IOW, BDW SouthamptonThe creation of new homes on the Isle of Wight is proving a real boost for budding construction workers involved in a wide range of trades and site management at the new Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes developments.

The housebuilder has worked closely with the Isle of Wight College and Isle of Wight Council to ensure that as many youngsters as possible can be given an opportunity to work at Barratt developments Bluebell Meadows and Hawthorn Meadows and the new David Wilson Homes development Riverside.

Community liaison manager Anthony Dimmick is involved in generating opportunities for apprentices working directly for Barratt and David Wilson Homes and their large network of subcontractors. He said:

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“Apprentices are hugely important to the future of the construction industry and by working with organisations on the Isle of Wight we have created a number of roles for local people and several have already been promoted to site management roles”.

Workers who started their construction careers with Barratt on the island include James Cleary who completed his apprenticeship and has now been promoted to site manager at Bluebell Meadows. He is now studying for a foundation degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Ben Williams has become an assistant site manager at Bluebell Meadows on the island after completing his Technical Apprenticeship in Site Management apprenticeship last year and there has also been success for current apprentices with Jordan Mabey recently awarded the title of Isle of Wight College Dulux Apprenticeship of the Year and Pete Wilson winning a number of awards for his work as a trainee site manager.

Jordan has been studying at the Isle of Wight College where painting and decorating lecturer Steve Delaney said the apprentice had always been a hard worker:

“Jordan fully deserved this award for his tremendous hard work and we’re extremely proud of his achievements”.

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Featured photo L-R: Peter Ellwood, head of construction at the Isle of Wight College; Anthony Dimmick from Barratt; James Cleary; Ben Williams; Jordan Mabey and Peter Wilson

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