Genesis Homes has supported two local students during their year 10 work experience placement week. Zak Parkin from Ullswater Community College, and Charlie English from Richard Rose Morton Academy, both spent a week finding out about the house building industry, enjoying a diverse range of relevant industry experience in roles including commercial, building and site management.
Zak lists his school interests as maths and construction. Outside of school he enjoys playing rugby and football. Charlie’s focus is on design and technology as well as ICT and in his leisure time, he is taking up boxing.
Zak was based on Genesis Homes’ Sanders Brow development at Armathwaite and commented “I really enjoyed my work experience last week, gaining a good insight into difference aspects of working on construction sites and I got to see what all of the trades did. I’m doing A levels next year and I’m seriously considering going into the construction industry.”
Genesis Homes currently employs four apprentices and they have found it really worthwhile to encourage young people and give them a chance to try out different departments. The high ratio of apprentices to full-time staff at Genesis Homes reflects the local housebuilder’s commitment to training young people in Cumbria and helping to retain and develop skills locally.
Nicky Gordon, Genesis Homes Managing Director said: “The housebuilding and construction industries are key contributors to employment in Cumbria and we’re committed to helping young people develop skills to build the quality houses our county needs for the future. We’ve enjoyed having both Zak and Charlie in the business and hope they will go on to pursue a career in construction.”