HOUSEBUILDER Barratt Homes has pledged to recruit 16 new apprentices in Scotland this year.
The company said the move was part of its ongoing commitment to bridge the skills gap which continues to engulf the sector. The trade apprentice roles are focused on bricklaying, joinery and plumbing and are spread across Barratt’s developments in the east, west and north of Scotland.
The announcement comes ahead of the twelfth annual National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 4-8 March.
Douglas McLeod, regional managing director for Barratt Homes Scotland commented, “The construction industry is continuing to grow and this is an exciting time for anyone with an interest in housebuilding to join a market leading company.
“As one of the country’s top developers we are absolutely committed to developing raw talent and I believe that we have a duty to provide these kinds of apprenticeship opportunities.”
The new apprentices are set to start in the summer. They will be based on a housing designated development site and will learn skills in bricklaying, carpentry, joinery or plumbing from experienced tradespeople. They will also attend their local college to obtain qualifications and develop their trade skills.