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North Quay kicks starts careers for quartet of new apprentices

A group of four apprentices in Cornwall are laying the foundations for a long and rewarding career within the construction industry after securing employment and training opportunities on one of the region’s most exciting and high-profile development projects.

Corinthian Homes is providing hands on experience alongside a structured training programme for its latest recruits at its North Quay development in Hayle.

The project is transforming Hayle’s harboursides and surrounding areas, with phase one featuring 140 homes, new shops, restaurants and open spaces, all set within a stunning waterside location just yards from some of Cornwall’s most magnificent beaches.

When complete, the new coastal quarter will become a nationally significant new residential, visitor, business and investment destination set within the boundaries of the Hayle Conservation Area and The UNESCO World Heritage Site for Cornwall and Devon.

Work started earlier this year and with more than 100 people on site the project is already generating significant employment locally, opportunities for local business and now a dedicated apprenticeship scheme for those looking to start or progress their careers in the industry.

As part of their apprenticeships, each of the trainees is gaining practical experience at the Hayle development, alongside classroom-based study at local colleges, allowing them to learn on the job and gain industry-recognised qualifications.

Tom Iliff (above), from St Austell, is following in his father’s footsteps in embarking on a career in construction and hopes to become a Mechanical Engineering and Plumbing site manager. Explaining some of the many benefits of securing his apprenticeship, he said: “I get an inside look at a career in construction as well as guidance from my colleagues who are also giving me the chance to show my competence and enthusiasm for the job.

“I have learnt new skills, made new friends and grown in confidence already, and hope to gain more skills throughout the rest of my time here.”

Assistant Site Manager Isaac Speight (above), from Falmouth, began his apprenticeship earlier this year and has enjoyed the experience of learning on site while the North Quay development takes shape. The 22-year-old is currently working towards completing a qualification in construction management in the built environment. He hopes to enrol on a civil engineering course once the Corinthian Homes apprenticeship is complete, with a long-term goal of becoming a site manager.

Isaac said: “I am thoroughly enjoying training with Corinthian. The benefit of taking on the apprenticeship is that it allows me to learn new skills and gain in depth knowledge of the construction industry.”

Harrison Jewell (above), also from Falmouth, has ambitions to become a qualified commercial manager and is being supported on the first steps towards his career through the Corinthian Homes apprenticeship. Offering advice to others who may be thinking about starting an apprenticeship or forging a career in construction, Harrison said: “Just jump straight into it, whether you are interested in the management side of things or site operative, there is a course for it all.”

Twenty-one-year-old Jamie Masters (above), from Illogan, is currently undertaking a year-long internship with Corinthian as part of his Masters in Architecture degree, choosing to complete the placement with the developer and its architectural team to gain on-site experience and an understanding of the  construction process.

He said: “I have chosen this route to a career because I want to have a positive impact on the built environment by creating beautiful spaces for everyone to enjoy that also function well and enhance local communities, allowing them to thrive. I also wish to have an impact on reducing the carbon footprint caused by construction to help create a sustainable and environmentally friendly environment for future generations to enjoy.”

Corinthian Homes offers a range of apprenticeships and training opportunities as part of a vision to welcome talented people into its organisation, supporting them to develop their skills and reach their potential with a rewarding construction career.

David Speight, Group Construction Director for Corinthian Homes, said: “The regeneration and redevelopment of Hayle Harbour is going to have a significant positive impact on the local area and its built-environment for many years to come. We are committed to maximising the economic benefits of the scheme both during construction and beyond by generating employment, working with and supporting local people and businesses.

“It is also a high-profile and technically diverse development presenting an amazing opportunity for apprentices to be involved and learn their trade with us.

“It was really important for Corinthian Homes to get our apprenticeship scheme under way early in the life of the project, bring in our first new apprentices and help kick-start what we hope will be rewarding and long lasting careers for them in the construction industry.”