Construction company highlights the benefits of apprenticeship schemes

By Anita Jaynes on 26 March, 2015

Leading local housebuilder Taylor Wimpey supported National Apprenticeship Week by highlighting the life-changing opportunities apprenticeships offer young people.

National Apprenticeship Week 2015, which ran in March, is aimed at celebrating apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and economy.

Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, which has an apprentice working at its new homes developments at Wichelstowe in Swindon, is fully committed to supporting the initiative.

Having previously worked as a mechanical engineer, Nick Buoy (34) joined Taylor Wimpey in 2012 as a trade apprentice learning carpentry at Wichelstowe.

“I would really encourage people leaving school or college to consider an apprenticeship,” says Nick. “It’s a real advantage to be paid to do a job at the same time as working towards a qualification which will help you in your career.”

“Working in construction is good because you’re spending time outdoors being active, not sitting at a desk,” says Nick, who is currently working towards an NVQ Level 3. “Taylor Wimpey is a good company to work for because you’re given plenty of support on the job to help you progress.”

Taylor Wimpey trade apprenticeships typically include bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, with the majority of the time spent working with the production teams on site.

Meanwhile, site management apprenticeships learn first-hand how the business works as a whole, and include spending time with staff from the technical, commercial, land and planning, sales, finance and customer service departments.

Apprentices are supported by a mentor while working with experienced tradespeople and also gain formal qualifications through day release programmes. Commitment, enthusiasm, hard work, pride in their work and a determination to succeed are a few of the qualities that Taylor Wimpey expect their apprentices to demonstrate.

Details about apprenticeships and other career opportunities within Taylor Wimpey are available at

Pictured above: Trade apprentice, Nick Buoy, who is current working at Taylor Wimpey’s Wichelstowe development in Swindon.