Our Apprentices Meet Local MP
We were thrilled to welcome MP Robert Courts to our Park View development last week to lend a hand to our apprentices.
Mr Courts has praised the enthusiasm of our apprentices working on the Park View development in Woodstock, our first legacy development in partnership with Blenheim Estate Homes.
The three apprentices met and talked to Robert during his visit and demonstrated their work, leading to his very own attempt at brick laying.
The MP for Witney and West Oxfordshire made the following comments during his visit to the site on Thursday 23rd July.
“It was great to visit the enthusiastic apprentices working on the Park View development, who are all delighted to be back at work,” said Mr Courts.
“Apprenticeship schemes like this are really important for West Oxfordshire. They are a brilliant way for young people to learn and develop the skills that will enable them to get on in life,” he added.
Lucie, Max and James, who met with Mr Courts, are part of a 19-strong group of apprentices currently working and learning with Blenheim in sectors as diverse as Game, Farming, HR, Building and Customer Service.
“We were delighted Robert visited the site, and for him to speak to our apprentices and see them at work,” said our Managing Director, Graham Flint.
“The industry desperately needs more skilled workers, we are always looking to attract young people into the industry and apprenticeships are the perfect way to train, get a qualification and gain valuable paid work experience at the same time.
“We remain committed to our apprenticeship programme which, in partnership with Blenheim, will see us recruit and train 100 apprentices in five years as part of our shared 10 goals,” said Graham.
Earlier this month Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships to help people looking for a job.
Overlooking Blenheim, Park View is the first development undertaken by Blenheim Estate Homes to incorporate its legacy principles - recognising that long term landowners have a social, economic and moral responsibility to deliver developments of which its local community can be proud.
The initial build consists of 46 one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as two, three, four and five-bedroom homes for sale. The next phase, which is due to get under way in the coming months, will feature affordable homes in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council, as well as shared ownership and lettings.
The entire development will include up to 300 new homes, alongside plans for small businesses accommodation and will take between five and seven years to complete. Around 40% of the development will be affordable housing.
In the recent weeks a number of the remaining homes at Park View have sold, with just a couple of homes now available to reserve.