Multi-trade students given a glimpse of the construction industry

Leading housebuilder Westleigh Homes has given a talk to construction students from a local college and invited them for a tour of its St Mary’s Park development in Leicester to provide an insight into work in the industry.

A total of 35 Level 3 Built Environment learners, followed by a group of Levels 1, 2 and 3 Bricklaying, Plastering, and Carpentry and Joinery pupils from Leicester College, were given a presentation by Mark Dixon, the Senior Site Manager who oversees work on the collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes close to the city’s thriving centre.

Coinciding with the college’s initiative to promote the need for specialist occupations amongst its students, the talk focussed on the career prospects of working within the construction sector, with Mark drawing on his knowledge and experience of quantity and land surveying.

It was followed by a visit from more than 20 of the college’s students to St Mary’s Park, during which they were personally escorted around the site by Mark, who was on hand Westleigh Homesto answer any questions pupils had about the build process or his own experiences of working in construction.

Having started his career in construction 28 years ago as a bricklayer, Mark has held a varied range of other positions within the sector, including Assistant Manager, Site Manager, and Senior Site Manager. 

“I was delighted by my invitation to come and speak to pupils at Leicester College, and equally delighted to welcome them to our St Mary’s Park development,” said Mark.

“These students represent the future of the industry and I was more than happy to share my personal experiences of working in construction with them. The site visit was intended to give pupils a feel for what it’s like to work on site, as well as an understanding of how a housing development is constructed. We hope that the students enjoyed the experience and it has motivated them to continue pursuing a career in construction.”

Westleigh offers a range of apprenticeship schemes aimed at young people who are interested in working in the industry, specialising in bricklaying, carpentry, joinery and groundwork trades.

Westleigh HomesThe next cohort of apprentices will be taken on by the housebuilder in September, and successful applicants will get hands-on experience at one of its developments across the Midlands and beyond alongside their college studies.

St Mary’s Park is a brand new development in the heart of Leicester that’s surrounded by beautiful green spaces including parks, cycle paths and the historical Aylestone Hall Gardens.

The area benefits from a number of handy amenities, including a hospital, a wide selection of schools, restaurants, a doctor’s surgery and big-brand supermarkets.

Among the new homes available to reserve at St Mary’s Park is the fabulous three-bedroom Croft townhouse, priced from £221,950.

This gorgeous three-storey, family-sized property boasts a spacious living room, a dual aspect kitchen/diner, and a guest cloakroom.

The first-floor landing leads to two good-sized bedrooms and a stylish family bathroom, while the top-floor layout is commanded by the luxurious en-suite master bedroom.

The Help to Buy: Equity Loan is available at St Mary’s Park, enabling first-time buyers and those with a property to sell to make a move to a brand new home with an equity loan of up to 20% of the full price of the property with the Government with just a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage. The equity loan is interest free for the first five years.

The magnificent two-bedroom Beacon showhome has now opened its doors, allowing would-be buyers to gain a tantalising glimpse of the lifestyle opportunities that the development has to offer.

To find out how you could make a move to St Mary’s Park, visit the development off Saffron Lane, Leicester, which is open daily between 10am and 5pm, or call 0330 002 0475.

Further information on Leicester College and its range of courses is available at leicestercollege.ac.uk/.

To find out more about Westleigh Homes St Mary’s Park, visit www.westleigh.co.uk/st-marys-park.

May 15, 2018

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