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Apprenticeship success story at ‘Prestigious’ local company

16.07.2019

Eleven young apprentices at Northamptonshire company Prestige Homeseeker have successfully completed their training with Tresham College and are seeking employment at the thriving local business.

Prestige Homeseeker were looking to expand their workforce with home-grown talent and sought the help of Tresham College to give their new employees key skills to help in the production of their luxury park homes and leisure lodges.

Tresham College were able to offer a specially tailored and designed two-year Maintenance Operations course, tailored to provide all round skills in plumbing, painting and decorating, electrical work, carpentry and joinery.

The apprenticeship scheme proved so successful it was shortlisted in the Made In Central and East England Manufacturing Awards.  This followed two of the young apprentices, Loren Cooper and Will Vanner being awarded Construction Apprentice of the year at the Tresham College Achievements Ceremony.

Head of People at Prestige Homeseeker, Jo Morgans said:
“This has been a very successful partnership with Tresham College.  Our apprentices have learned valuable skills, essential in the production of our luxury homes.  We are delighted that five of the apprentices are planning to continue their next level of training at the Corby Campus to specialise in electrics and plumbing.

Prestige Homeseeker are a key employer in the area and have actively supported apprentices, interns and other young people to make factory construction a career choice, working with an employer of choice in an amazing small family culture environment.”

The company began as a very small business and has grown organically and through acquisition over the last twenty years to become one of the Uk’s largest manufacturers of park homes and leisure lodges. Prestige Homeseeker produce fifteen homes a week, employ over 420 staff and run production operations in Kettering and Rushden.

Tresham College Head of Business Development Julie Hoult visited Prestige Homeseeker to congratulate the apprentices:

“Our aim is to work alongside local businesses such as Prestige Homeseeker and provide training that meets their industry needs. Apprenticeships such as this are an investment in people and offer progression for young people in a successful local company.”

Tresham College is part of The Bedford College Group, the largest provider of apprenticeships in the SEMLEP region.

 

Photos show:

1) Nine of the apprentices with Prestige Homeseeker Head of People Jo Morgans (front left) and Tresham College Head of Business Development Julie Hoult (front right).

2) Tresham College Construction Apprentices of the Year Loren Cooper (front left) and Will Vanner (front right) with Jo Morgans and Julie Hoult.

3) Five apprentices who will be continuing their training at Tresham College for a further four years, to study electrical work and plumbing: L-R James Ball, Jake Pringle, Loren Cooper, Alex Bell and Will Vanner.

 

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