Our focus is not only on providing affordable housing, but also using the properties we renovate and build to allow apprentices to become fully qualified so they can work in the construction industry. We’ve teamed-up with the training organisation, Engineering Real Results, and at each site we provide places for their apprentices to work alongside our highly qualified trades-people in order to carry out the on-site elements of their NVQ (National Vocational Qualification).
When we started the scheme we found that many of the apprentices lacked the experience to carry out on-site tasks, so we solved that by developing Virtual Reality training. Before attending on-site every apprentice undertakes training using our Virtual Reality system.
Each of our building sites not only produces affordable homes, we also create a fully qualified workforce for the future. So far our scheme has produced over 4,200 qualified people to work in the construction industry. Each person who has gained their qualification through working on our building sites has gone on to get a job in the industry; we are creating skills and reducing unemployment, and providing a unique Rent To Buy initiative which allows people to fulfil their dream of becoming a home-owner.