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Future of construction lies with apprentices, house-builder confirms

A Bourne-based house-builder has confirmed that it sees the future of the UK construction industry as being in the hands of the country’s keen young apprentices.

Young people eager to get onboard a learn while they earn opportunity to set them on their chosen career path in the plumbing, decorating, electrical or bricklaying sectors should be able to choose from a wide range of options, the firm said.

Larkfleet Group has recently taken on a selection of new construction apprentices to work on their sites located across East of England and East Anglia. The students will work alongside Larkfleet’s sub-contractors picking up invaluable skills from the construction sites.

The young people include plumbing apprentice Jack Richardson, 18, from Holbeach, carpentry student Matthew King, 17, from Bourne and Steven Prentice, 18, from Stamford, who is studying bricklaying. As part of their apprenticeships, each of the students will achieve an NVQ or SVQ qualification in their subject.

Karl Hick, Larkfleet chief executive, told Bourne Local: “We are committed to investing in the future of young people and has been running construction apprenticeships for many years. I am delighted that we are able to help these students gain on-site experience and expertise, which will give them an excellent start to their careers in construction.”

Meanwhile, in related news, the Small Business Editor of the Mirror newspaper urged Chancellor George Osborne to realise the importance of apprentices and the entrepreneurs of the future, as they are the "key to Britain’s economic recovery."

"We need to do everything we can to encourage budding entrepreneurs to create the businesses and jobs of the future. Educating youngsters on how to get funding and launching businesses should be at the top of the Government’s schools agenda," Tricia Phillips wrote in the newspaper.