Nine new apprentices taken on at William Davis

A Loughborough housebuilder and construction firm has welcomed nine new recruits to its apprenticeship scheme.

Beginning their training with William Davis are Bradley Cave (bricklayer); Joshua Platts (plumber); Elliot Pratt; Ashley Rudd (both electricians); Ben Smith (joiner); Kieran Statham (plumber); Jack Tarry (joiner); Aaron Tooley (bricklayer) and William Walker (plant mechanic). Each apprentice will undertake a three or four year programme to achieve an NVQ Level 3, and will be mentored by William Davis’ in-house apprentice masters together with academic studies at Leicester College, Loughborough College or Reaseheath College in Cheshire. This new intake takes the total of young apprentices currently being employed by William Davis to 29.

HR & training officer, Rebecca Jones believes apprenticeships are essential for promoting construction as a viable career choice for young people. “It’s really important for school leavers to understand there are positive alternatives to higher education, and we work closely with local schools to highlight these opportunities,” she said. “Over the past few years especially, we have seen a significant rise in applications so our new intake should be reassured they have survived some tough competition and can now focus on developing life-long craft careers.”