New chapter for young people thanks to firm’s investment

HOUSEBUILDER Story Homes has welcomed 11 new trainees as part of its ongoing investment in young people.

Developing future talent has been a long-term aim for the firm. In the past ten months it has recruited four trainee assistant site managers, five trainee sales executives, one trainee quantity surveyor and a technical trainee across the north west, north east, Cumbria and Scotland.

Despite the challenges faced during 2020, Story Homes launched its training programme – with the firm saying it underlines its commitment to investing in regional skills, adding that a record number of applications were received to the initiative.

Zak Crosby-McCann and Dominic Harrison recently joined the company as trainee assistant managers, and Marta Corsi and Gemma McGough as trainee sales executives, who will be based on sites across Story Homes’ Cumbria and Scotland region.

Trainee assistant site manager, Zak, said, “After graduating in architecture, I worked with a local developer on-site as a Trainee Manager. Story Homes is a well-known housebuilder and I know the quality of homes they produce, so when the opportunity came to apply for the position as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

“I have been with the company for just over a month, and I have found every single employee very welcoming and helpful. The Site Managers have been very inviting, allowing me to learn and shadow them. I am looking forward to getting stuck in with the role and becoming more hands-on as my training progresses and developing eventually into a successful site manager.

Gemma McGough, trainee sales executive, said, “I have always been interested in working for a housing developer and thought that due to the quality of Story homes, this was the company I would like to work for.

“I applied for a trainee position as I have not had any experience in selling houses and I wanted the opportunity to change my sector of work and this was the best way possible. I have been with Story Homes for a month and I am enjoying the role very much.”

Andy Bell, Head of HR at Story Homes, added, “We believe investing in the future of housebuilding is vital, especially during these challenging times, and we are committed to developing the next generation of professionals within our business.

“We are delighted to welcome our 11 trainees on board and look forward to seeing them develop their skills and become a valuable part of the team. Many of our senior team members started as apprentices and trainees, so we are looking forward to watching our new recruits learn, progress and become integral members of our team.”