High demand for Taylor Wimpey courses at Ayrshire College

As Scottish Apprentice Week gets underway (2-6 March 2020), Ayrshire College is reporting great levels of engagement with young Scots hoping to secure a place on one of its two courses being offered in partnership with Taylor Wimpey West Scotland.

Ayrshire College principal Carol Turnball on her recent visit to meet young Taylor Wimpey apprentices at its Princess Gate development in Troon

Starting in August 2020, the Taylor Wimpey Training Academy courses in Bricklaying and Joinery will give students the opportunity to work closely with one of the largest homebuilding companies in the UK. Competition is strong for one of the 36 places, and so far, since their launch just two weeks ago there have been over 55 applications to join the courses.

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has several sites in Ayrshire and is already a key partner in the delivery of construction courses in Ayrshire College. All their bricklaying and joinery apprentices in the West of Scotland complete their offsite training with the college.

Now Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s partnership with Ayrshire College has been taken to the next level with the sponsorship of the bricklaying and joinery courses at the Ayr campus.

As part of their course, and to help support talented individuals looking to enter the construction industry, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland will assist students by providing site visits and work experience on live developments in Ayrshire. Students will also be able to regularly speak to members of the Taylor Wimpey Management Team, who will be able to give the students first-hand advice as to how to kick start their career in the industry.

Although students will not be guaranteed an apprenticeship or employment with Taylor Wimpey on completion of the course, the Taylor Wimpey team see this as the ideal preparation for their own in-house apprenticeship scheme.

Investing and developing a young and talented workforce who can deliver high-quality work is a priority for the business, as Brian Henderson, Production Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland explains:  “Future-proofing our talent pool is very important if we are to continue to deliver the high-quality homes that our customers expect.

“Working closely with Ayrshire College means that we can ensure that students are equipped with the skills that we need to drive our business and the industry forward.

“Scottish Apprentice Week is the ideal opportunity to showcase these two courses, and the fantastic first step they provide young people into an industry that offers many ways to develop and succeed every day that you work in it.”

Nicola Barclay, chief executive of industry body Homes for Scotland, said: “Ensuring we have the necessary skills to deliver the many thousands of homes our country needs is absolutely vital if we are to effectively address the housing crisis that exists. With apprenticeships remaining the cornerstone of trade skills development, the positive action being shown through initiatives such as this will help to build a more successful Scotland.”

Ayrshire College principal Carol Turnbull visited Taylor Wimpey’s Princess Gate development in Troon recently to officially launch the courses and to talk to current apprentices working with the homebuilder.

Carol Turnbull said: “Our lecturing team has worked really closely with Taylor Wimpey to make sure the courses meet their needs, and the students’ needs.

“We’re working with industry to put on courses that Taylor Wimpey know will suit them and that they’ll recruit from. I think it’s a really exciting initiative and we want to do much more of that.”

Cameron Bell, head of learning and skills: construction technology and trades at Ayrshire College, added: “We are delighted to be entering this innovative and forward-looking partnership with Taylor Wimpey West Scotland.

“These courses demonstrate the commitment of both organisations to help young people develop the skills required for a successful career in a thriving business.

“Ayrshire College has a vision to raise aspirations, inspire achievement and increase opportunities for all of Ayrshire’s communities and this partnership is undoubtedly a significant milestone in achieving this ambition.”

The Taylor Wimpey Training Academy: Bricklaying and Joinery courses have now opened for applications. Applications can be made on Ayrshire College’s website by searching for ‘Taylor Wimpey’ in the course search box.

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