THE search is on to find construction workers for the future.

Cheshire housebuilder Barratt Homes is looking to recruit eight bricklayer and eight joiner apprentices to work across its developments in the north west

The company is already teaching young people new skills.

Apprentice joiner Joe Little, 19, said: "Im really enjoying learning on the job and working alongside other trades which gives me the opportunity to learn more about the building trade as a whole.”

Apprentice joiner Joseph Little

Apprentice joiner Joseph Little

Joe works on site five days a week and attends college for two weeks at a time to continue his studies.

Barratt Homes provides accommodation and covers his travel expenses.

Joe added: “I wanted to learn a trade, in particular joinery and carpentry, and to have the opportunity to learn this with such an established company is a great opportunity.

“I’m really looking forward to finishing my apprenticeship. My goal for the future is to be a self-employed tradesperson and work with Barratt Homes as a sub-contractor.”

Apprentice joiner Joseph Little

Apprentice joiner Joseph Little

Neil Goodwin, managing director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “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.

“We’re really pleased that Joe is enjoying his apprenticeship. He is a fantastic example of how young individuals can excel in a career onsite with the right training and support.

“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 apprenticeship opportunities.”

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