Mansfield-based Rippon investing in local talent

Mansfield-based housebuilder, Rippon Homes, has demonstrated its commitment to investing in local talent by taking on an apprentice for the second consecutive year.

Jamie Cartwright (16) joins Cory Ratcliffe (17), Joseph Goddard (18) and Joshua Cheston (17), who are all currently learning the tricks of the trade at various developments throughout the area.

All four apprentices are local to Mansfield and are working towards either a NVQ Level 1 in Carpentry and Joinery or a NVQ Level 1 in Brickwork at West Notts College.

The apprentices spend two days a week in the classroom whilst the remaining three days are spent on site with Rippon. These three practical days aim to provide the apprentices with invaluable hands on experience that will stand them in good stead to follow a career in their respective trades.

David Mitchell, senior construction manager at Rippon Homes, said: “As a Mansfield-based housebuilder it is incredibly important for us to invest in home grown talent to ensure that we nurture the talent of the tradesmen that we will inevitably look to build our new homes in the future.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jamie to join the existing apprentices here at Rippon and I’m confident that the combination of practical, on the job learning and classroom based studies will prove to be an effective method of learning their respective trades.”

Jamie applied to a number of local businesses but his search proved unsuccessful as no-one was taking on apprentices. Thankfully he managed to secure the apprentice position with Rippon.

He said: “I’m loving every minute of my apprenticeship, I’m gaining so much hands on, practical experience which is exactly what I was hoping for and more.”

Cory was attracted to an apprenticeship as he felt the practical, hands-on experience would be better suited to his skills. He added: “I’m really pleased that they give me this opportunity, I didn’t want to be stuck in a classroom all day.”

Joseph Goddard said: “I was keen to learn a trade and an apprenticeship provides you with hands on experience that you simply don’t get from being sat in a classroom.”

Joshua Cheston added: “I prefer practical, hands-on work to being sat in a classroom therefore an apprenticeship was the logical route for me to follow. Rippon is a well respected local company and I hope to learn as much as I can throughout my apprenticeship and ultimately get a job with Rippon.”