Despite challenges the construction industry has faced during the last 12 months and ongoing economic uncertainty, privately-owned housebuilder Story Homes remains confident and has welcomed 11 new trainees as part of its ongoing commitment to investing in and developing young talent.
Developing future talent has been a long-term aim for the builder and in the past 10 months has recruited four Trainee Assistant Site Managers, five Trainee Sales Executives, one Trainee Quantity Surveyor and a Technical Trainee, and the ambitious individuals have already started their housebuilding careers at sites across the North West, North East, Cumbria and Scotland.
Despite the challenges faced during 2020, Story Homes launched its trainee programme with the aim of recruiting the brightest and most passionate people across its regions. This programme underlines Story Homes’ commitment to investing in regional skills and the builder received a record number of applications, with the 11 recruits beating off stiff competition to secure their positions.
As a growing housebuilder, Story Homes recognises the importance of playing its part in addressing the skills shortage in the housebuilding industry, and by providing young people with sustainable positions and training programmes, this next generation of talent will help Story Homes to continue its growth and success.
Andy Bell, Head of HR at Story Homes, said: “We believe investing in the future of housebuilding is vital, especially during these challenging times, and we are committed to developing the next generation of professionals within our business.
“It is so important to attract talented people into the industry. There’s a wide range of careers in housebuilding for people to choose from – from skilled positions on site through to office-based roles.
“We are delighted to welcome our 11 trainees on board and look forward to seeing them develop their skills and become a valuable part of the team. Many of our senior team members started as apprentices and trainees, so we are looking forward to watching our new recruits learn, progress and become integral members of our team.”
Mel Husband recently joined the business as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager – the first woman to take on this role in the builder’s North West division – she said: “Story Homes’ reputation speaks for itself and I wanted to be part of a team that builds homes I am proud of. I am thoroughly enjoying working at The Sycamores development in Blackburn and learning first-hand from a strong site management team. The people, the guidance and support I have received to date is second to none.”