Rippon apprenticeship scheme gets local talent into work

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A Mansfield house builder has just taken on a new apprentice, after investing in local talent for more than 20 years.

Oliver Bradbury, (17) recently started an apprenticeship in plastering with Rippon Homes and will now divide his time between the classroom and being out on site.

Oliver, who is from Worksop, is now one of the family at the local firm, having been encouraged to apply for the role by his granddad, Michael Booth, and uncle, Jamie Booth, who are both plasterers for Rippon.

Oliver said: “Rippon Homes is a well-known local name and is a very familiar one to me, I first heard about the role through my granddad, as he has worked for the company for a number of years and was keen for me to apply.

“The chance to train for a recognised qualification and gain a skill, while also earning a wage, was really appealing and I like the balance of hands on experience and classroom learning.”

Oliver, who previously worked Wilkinson’s distribution centre in Worksop, will now work towards a Level Two NVQ Diploma in Plastering at Rother Valley College, while also gaining practical experience working on developments in Nottinghamshire.

Oliver adds: “It’s been a great experience so far, I’m already learning a lot and I’m really grateful to Rippon Homes for giving me this opportunity – of course, it’s also nice to be working alongside my family.”

David Mitchell, Construction Manager at Rippon Homes, comments: “We are always keen to invest in local talent and embrace every opportunity to help young people gain the skills they need to become our house builders of tomorrow.

“Oliver is already proving himself to be hard working and a real asset to the company, and we are pleased to be able to welcome him to the team and support him through his training.

To find out more about apprenticeships at Rippon Homes call Dave Mitchell at Rippon’s head office on 01623 659000 or alternatively log onto the website at