Apprentice Harry Knight working at Orchard Place in Lynn.

Homes developer Lovell is marking National Apprenticeship Week by highlighting the contribution apprentices have made to its success.

Lovell has three apprentices based at King Lynn’s Orchard Place development, where it’s working in partnership with West Norfolk Council to build 130 new homes.

These include Harry Knight, 18, of Terrington St Clement, who began his bricklaying apprenticeship when he joined the company last year.

He said: “Landing an apprenticeship with Lovell has got my career off to a brilliant start, allowing me to get paid while I learn my trade and be part of Lovell’s training programme.”

Lovell, which doubled its East Anglia turnover last year, invests heavily in training and  employs seven apprentices across the region.

Regional managing director Simon Medler, who started working in the construction industry as an apprentice carpenter, said: “Apprenticeships are a key way in which the company gives back to communities and creates opportunities for local people.

“But as a business with ambitious plans for continuing growth, we also recognise that nurturing apprentices and other trainees is essential to support those ambitions.

“We work hard to support our apprentices, providing them with opportunities to keep developing their careers with us, helping them progress their skills and often, helping them move into management roles so that we retain their expertise. That’s reflected in the high number of former apprentices still working in the business, including members of our senior management team.”

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