While most 16-year-olds can only dream of owning their own home, local apprentice Jack Terry is experiencing the battle to get on the housing ladder from the other side.
The former Chase Terrace Technology College pupil has been handed the keys to a successful career after he was taken on as an apprentice by Marwood Homes in Cannock.
Picture: Dan Walker, Sales Director & Jack Terry, Apprentice
The 16-year-old joined Marwood Homes in late September on a 12-month apprenticeship and will help the company grow the sales side of its business. The company is an advocate of work-based apprentice training schemes, which have already produced some promising employees who have progressed within the group, enjoying rewarding careers. Jack Terry joined the Marwood team in conjunction with the Positive Outcomes apprenticeship scheme. Jack is currently working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Sales of Residential Property,
“I chose an apprenticeship in Estate Agency to help develop my personal skills and gain practical experience. The Marwood team have been fantastic and very supportive of my ambitions. Although work is now an integral part of my daily routine I still make time for the gym, sporting activities and a very busy social schedule!”
The scheme has both social and commercial benefits, which Marwood believes have advantages for everyone if handled in the right way. “With the help of a good local training provider to identify young people with potential and with a comprehensive training element, we find competency and performance levels after just one year are amazing,” said Dan Walker, Cannock Sales Director.
Director Gary Black also commented, “If the whole of the industry committed to employing apprentices, it would make a huge difference to local youth unemployment statistics. We have seen some remarkable young people out there who just need a chance to prove themselves. With the right training and support, we find apprentices quickly develop skills and deliver a measureable contribution to our business. Jack is a testament to how successful the scheme is, displaying the enthusiasm and commitment necessary in working towards his academic qualification and gaining valuable experience within the workplace.”
As a progressive business Marwood has responded to increased activity levels as a result of improving conditions in the housing market by expanding its workforce. The estate agency has made eight new appointments throughout the group over the past six months, three of which have been apprentices.