Mon 24 February 2020, 10:44 am
Developer Countryside showed its support for National Apprenticeship Week by highlighting two students who have flourished within its ranks.
Blair Farndon completed a Diploma Level 2 qualification in Site Carpentry at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College before taking up an apprenticeship at one of Countryside’s flagship schemes, Acton Gardens.
Under the supervision of TC Carpentry which is funding Blair’s NVQ Level 3, he was taken on to work alongside the development team on-site in Acton to further enhance his experience of working in the construction industry.
Blair gained the confidence and ability to work in a team thanks to his apprenticeship, when he worked in collaboration with colleagues and was given feedback along the way to boost his skills. At the end of the placement Countryside wanted to keep Blair on and is now a permanent member of the Acton Gardens project team.
Another of Countryside’s apprentices, Joe Pugh, joined as a trainee estimator in 2017, and has earned two promotions in three years to assistant estimator and now estimator. His mentors and supervisors at Countryside were able to guide him through the scheme, helping him advance his knowledge and experience in the sector.
Pugh said Countryside “offer something different” when compared to other housebuilders, providing an all-encompassing experience for those looking to enter the field.
After completing his apprenticeship with Countryside, Pugh has gone on to study for a BSc in Quantity Surveying at the University of Wolverhampton.
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