Rising optimism in the construction sector has steered a young apprentice to follow his father into the industry.
As the housebuilding sector continues to improve, more firms are offering opportunities for skilled craftsmen, including Bellway Homes.
With the traditional entry route into the industry continuing to be an apprenticeship scheme, Harry Hume has successfully applied to become an apprentice carpenter with Bellway Homes, following in the footsteps of his dad Leslie, a brick layer with the company.
The pair are now working side by side at Bellway’s Stannington Park development.
Harry Hume said: “My dad has been in the building industry for over 30 years and has worked for Bellway for 25 years so I guess he has had an influence on my choice of career.
“I have always liked carpentry and mixing my college course with the practical work on site is the perfect combination for me.
“Although dad works on the same site, we actually don’t see that much of each other because the site is in the middle of open countryside and quite spread out, a lot of my work tends to be inside the new homes involving the construction of partition walls and staircases.”
As well as the practical site experience, as part of his three year apprenticeship training, Harry has enrolled on a carpentry course at Northumberland College’s Ashington campus where he has been studying roof construction as part of his carpentry diploma.
Harry’s site manager at Stannington Park, Ray Dargue, said: “Harry has successfully passed his first year of exams and is a competent and popular member of my team.
“Many of Bellway’s apprentices have risen through the ranks to become site managers, so Harry has a bright future ahead of him.”