16 April 2019
sponsored by CoTrain
The Crest Nicholson Apprenticeship Programme provides participants with real, meaningful exposure to every aspect of housebuilding. Its real success is the support from senior figures and line managers ensuring graduates obtain accelerated development equipping them with the right industry skills.
They judge the success of their programme by the numbers retained after their two years. In a market with plenty of choice, 100% of their professional and technical apprentices have been retained since September 2017 (Crest Nicholson does not employ its own labour).
Apprentices are encouraged among both young people and across the wider business, with more than 34% of those on apprenticeships or training aged over 21. Nearly a fifth of the Crest Nicholson workforce is now on a formal career development programme, and their 2020 apprenticeship targets have been met ahead of schedule.
Crest Nicholson’s continued investment in skills grew 30% in 2018 and currently stands at £1.3m per annum. Average spend per employee equated to £494 in 2014 and grew to £653 in 2017, demonstrating the ongoing commitment to employee investment and upskilling. Equal access to education is a priority to the company. At no cost to the apprentice, Crest Nicholson funds 100% of the training schemes on offer, both to entry level candidates and upskilling and offering advanced qualifications up to NVQ level 7 – the equivalent of a masters. And their commitment as an equal opportunities employer has paved the way for women in the industry.
Site Manager Charlotte Collins has been working with Crest Nicholson for 8 years and joined as a carpentry apprentice at 18. After studying for a BTEC in Construction specialising in Roofing and Carpentry, she interviewed with Crest Nicholson division commenting, “if I had to go back, I would definitely choose to do an apprenticeship all over again. It’s been a fantastic learning curve; Crest Nicholson builds a variety of different types of homes giving young people who are passionate about property development the chance to gain an understanding of the industry and broaden their skillset, whilst being paid.”
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The SECBE 2019 Apprenticeship Initiative Award is sponsored by CoTrain.