Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 15.06.21LEADING housebuilder Miller Homes is helping to future-proof its workforce and give the region’s young talent their first step on the career ladder following the appointment of six new apprentices.

The new apprentices will be based across Miller Homes’ North East developments and at its head office in North Shields, gaining vital work experience and training, as the housebuilder works to tackle the skills gap, producing much-needed skilled workers for the future.

Gaining on-site experience are apprentice joiners Reegan Chivers, 19 from Bedlington, based at Portland Wynd in Northumberland; Dylan Mason, 17 from Killingworth, based at Wheatfields in Seaton Delaval; and Callum Dennison, 17 from Hartlepool, based at Clairville Grange in Middlesbrough.

Whilst also joining the team is apprentice civil engineer Owen Rogers, 17 from Gateshead; apprentice business administrator Harley Bullock-Brash, 17 from South Shields; and apprentice quantity surveyor Steven Robson, 17 from Wallsend.

Over the next two years the apprentices will combine practical work and training with college studies, resulting in a recognised qualification and potential full time job offer.

Patrick Arkle, Miller Homes North East’s operations director, said: “As part of The Miller Difference we strive to develop employment opportunities in the locations where we are building communities and highly value the importance of offering that first step on the career ladder to aspiring youngsters.

“Just as apprentices bring so much to the business, an apprenticeship with Miller Homes can offer so much to individuals, including the opportunity to work with some of our award-winning site managers, gain on-the-job work experience, benefit from high quality training, as well as achieving a recognised industry qualification and the possibility of a permanent job offer.

“We’re really keen to grow our talent from within, with many of our team having joined us as apprentices, developing their skills alongside the business’ development.”

In addition to the appointment of the new apprentices, Chris Humble has been promoted to assistant site manager at the housebuilder’s Portland Wynd development in Blyth, after beginning his career with the business 11 years ago as a joiner.

Committed to creating sustainable communities that cater for a wide range of buyers, Miller Homes has developments located across the North East, with prices starting from £129,950. Homebuyers can choose from Bishops Park in Gateshead, Park View in Low Fell, The Acres in Bedlington, Wheatfields in Seaton Delaval, Portland Wynd in Blyth, The Meadows in Framwellgate Moor, Wheatlands Chase in Redcar, Acklam Woods in Acklam and Clairville Grange in Middlesbrough.

For more information on Miller Homes in the North East call 0808 250 6426 or visit www.millerhomes.co.uk/locations/north-east-of-england.

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