Huppert meets construction apprentices
MP Julian Huppert has found out more about the work and training of two young apprentices working on new homes at Cambridge’s Trumpington Meadows.
Julian met the 21-year-olds Harry Zwierzanski and Darren Frost at the Barratt Homes development where they started training last month.
“I am a strong supporter of the apprenticeship scheme so it’s great to see companies providing such valuable opportunities in Cambridge,” said Julian.
“In the last two years, 1,060 people have started an apprenticeship in our city and I hope this number will continue to rise. Apprentices can be so valuable to organisations while at the same time learning skills that help them to move up the job ladder.
“I wish Harry and Darren all the best at the start of what sounds to be a very promising career in construction.”
Harry, from Cambridge is in his first year of the Barratt Homes’ carpentry apprenticeship after working as a chef for two years.
He said: “I always knew as a young boy that I loved building things and that my heart was in the construction industry. I worked as a chef at college for a couple of years but knew it was really for me.
“This apprenticeship came at the perfect time and, as soon as I saw it I applied and couldn’t believe it when I actually got the job. We start college in September and so will be able to gain qualifications at the same time as learning on the job.”
Darren, from Newmarket said: “I have always enjoyed working with local tradesmen at weekends and during the holidays and have had some experience with carpentry and as an electrician.
“After the economic downturn I was forced to take a factory job during which time I continued to look for an apprenticeship. It took a while but I was delighted to come across this opportunity and already I really enjoy learning from the experienced team at Trumpington Meadows. My plan is hopefully to become a site manager one day.”
David Eardley, Managing Director for Barratt Eastern Counties, said: “Trumpington Meadows is an ideal development for Harry and Darren to start their construction careers, offering them great experience in building sustainable homes.
“We take our commitment to hiring apprentices very seriously and we plan to hire further apprentices every year that we are working here in Cambridge.
“Harry and Darren have made a great start already and with the training opportunities that have available, I am sure they will succeed in whatever they set out to achieve.”