Laying career foundations: more building apprentices taken on by local businesses

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Three more local lads have got their big break thanks to a Mansfield house builder.

Rippon Homes has welcomed three new young workers to its ranks from the Chad district.

Joiner Kieran Johnson, 17, bricklayer George Johnson, 16, and plasterer Corey Knowles, 20, have been recruited through the firm’s annual apprenticeship scheme.

Managing director Ian Dyke said: “We take every opportunity to help talented young people from the area gain the skills they need to help us build the homes of the future. We are committed to investing in them.

“We‘re pleased to have Kieran, George, Corey, Brad and Matthew as part of the Rippon team and to be able to provide them with the experience and training they need to build rewarding careers in the construction industry.”

Kieran, who comes from Mansfield, explained that the programme appealed to him because of its balance between learning on site and in the classroom.

He said: “I’m enjoying both aspects of the training. I’m currently working towards an NVQ Level One in Joinery, which mostly covers hand tools and bench work. But I’ve been able to put it into practice working on joisting at professional developments. I think learning a trade will set me up for life.”

George is currently based at Kings Meadow development at Wingerworth, and is glad to be following a proud family tradition.

“My dad and older brother are both bricklayers, which inspired me to apply for the apprenticeship,” said George. “I’ve worked for my dad in the school holidays before and enjoyed it, so I decided it would be a good career path. I’m now aiming to be the best bricklayer I can be.”

The trio join other recent recruits Matthew Walker, 18, from Alfreton, and Brad Devonshire, 20, from Skebgy.

Matthew is approaching his level three qualification and is enjoying his work more than ever.

“Everyone on site has been really helpful and supportive, so I hope to be able to stay on with the company once I have completed my training,” he said.

To find out more about apprenticeships at Rippon Homes call 01623 659000 or visit