Keepmoat apprentice given the honour of opening a show home at Regency Park
(L-R) Ian Fletcher, Keepmoat's head of land and partnership in the North West, is pictured with Michael Dutton at Keepmoat’s Regency Park development in Liverpool.
A dedicated young apprentice was given the honour of unveiling a show home on an important regeneration scheme in Bootle, a task usually reserved for local dignitaries.
Budding Joiner Michael Dutton, 21, from Broadgreen is carving out his future career on Keepmoat’s Regency Park development.
Normally show homes are opened by the local mayor or Keepmoat’s regional managing director. However, to showcase Michael’s achievements on site, he was given the chance to open the three-bedroom show home on Tuesday, March 25.
The former mechanic is now completing an NVQ Level 2 in joinery and is enjoying the challenge of a new career in housing. Michael started his apprenticeship in November 2013 after seeing the course advertised online.
He said: “As soon as the apprentice course started I knew it suited me – no two days are the same, I’m learning new skills and it’s a great place to work.
“It was a great experience to open the show home, it looks fantastic now it’s finished and I am really proud to be playing a part in such a positive development in Liverpool.”
Working alongside Michael is former apprentice and now trainee site supervisor Kieron Herbert.
The 20-year-old from Fazakerley has progressed quickly within Keepmoat after joining from college when he was 18. After completing a two-year joinery apprenticeship with the company he was accepted as a trainee site supervisor in September last year.
Kieron, who is helping Michael learn the tricks of the trade, said: “Without Keepmoat’s apprentice scheme I don’t know what I’d be doing. I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps by going into construction, but it’s difficult to get that first chance to show what you can do. I’ve been with Keepmoat for three years now and I’m really enjoying the Trainee Site Manager course.”
Regency Park in Bootle is a contemporary development of two, three and four bedroom homes just four miles from Liverpool city centre. Now in the third and final phase of development, there are only around 50 new properties available as this phase is selling fast.
Michael and Kieron are two of 179 Keepmoat apprentices working on site and in offices across the United Kingdom.
David Wroe, regional managing director at Keepmoat, said: “Michael has put in his all during his apprenticeship so it was fitting for him to unveil one of the homes that he helped to build.
“Apprentices are an integral part of Keepmoat’s 3,000-strong workforce as we look to try and build the next generation of construction talent.
“Investing in apprenticeships is not just about creating short-term jobs but teaching our apprentices skills which will help them to build life-long careers.”