Five new apprentices lay career foundations with Barratt Homes

Ayden Stewart, Jamie Wright, Connor Gallacher and Tom Powers laying bricks at Barratt Homes’ Lyveden Fields site, in Corby

Ayden Stewart, Jamie Wright, Connor Gallacher and Tom Powers laying bricks at Barratt Homes’ Lyveden Fields site, in Corby

Five young men have been brought on as apprentice labourers by Barratt Homes Northampton, and are relishing their new roles.

Tom Powers, Jamie Wright, Ayden Stewart, Connor Gallacher and James O’Sullivan have all started learning their trades on sites around Northamptonshire, including Lyveden Fields near Corby and Soleil Mews in Upton, and are studying, or have applied to study, at local colleges.

Managing Director at Barratt, Andrew Swindell, said, “We are delighted to welcome our new apprentices on board. Apprenticeships combine on the job experience with classroom based learning and are one of the most effective ways to build construction skills for the future and get to grips with working life.”

Tom Powers (17), works at the Soleil Mews development in his home town of Northampton, and attends Moulton College where he is studying for an NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying. He said; “I’ve been here over a month now and have learned how to lay foundations. I’m enjoying it, and I hope to stay in the building trade with Barratt.”

Connor Gallacher (20), from Long Buckby, is hoping to study Bricklaying at Moulton College, and works at the Lyveden Fields development with the other three apprentices. “It’s great that I’m having the chance to learn a trade here – fingers crossed this will lead to a future career for me.”

James O’Sullivan (19), who is from Corby and is studying a Level 3 NVQ in Plumbing at Tresham College, said, “It’s been brilliant so far, the course is good, I’ve been getting along with people here and I want to take it further.”

Jamie Wright (17) is from Corby and is studying a an NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying at Tresham College. “I’ve been labouring for a few weeks now and I’m really getting into it, it’s hard work but it’s enjoyable.”

Ayden Stewart (18), who is also from Corby and studying at Tresham College, is a month into an NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying. He said, “Working on a building site is great, we all get on, work hard and have a laugh. Hopefully I can stay on at Barratt once I’ve qualified.”

Andrew Swindell concluded, “It’s great to know that all these apprentices have found their experience with us so far to be so positive, and I wish them every success for the future.”

Lyveden Fields is located just outside of Corby in Oakley Vale, close to good schools and beautiful open countryside, and offers a range of four bedroom homes priced between £198,995 To £207,995

Soleil Mews can be found in Upton in west Northampton, and features a mix of eco-friendly apartments and family homes. There are only a few three and four bedroom homes remaining at this highly popular site, priced between £182,495 To £209,995, so homebuyers should register their interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information about Barratt’s new homes please call 0844 811 3399 open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm or log on to


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