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Application process is now open for our 2019 apprenticeship cohort!

We are continuing to invest in the future talent of the housing industry after opening our application process for a series of new apprenticeships for 2019.

We’re re-running our popular apprenticeship scheme which has provided exciting opportunities for 16 – 18 year olds across the East Midlands in both 2017 and 2018. The vacancies this year include craft apprenticeships in joinery, bricklaying and decorating as well as office-based apprenticeships in marketing and business admin and management degree apprenticeships.

The announcement comes during National Apprenticeship Week – a government-led initiative which brings together “an annual celebration of apprenticeships” on a national scale.

Applications are open on our website for both male and female school leavers to join the 2019 cohort. Speaking about the re-launch of our apprenticeship scheme, our MD Steve Midgley is excited about the range of opportunities that await the successful candidates and is keen to see more girls joining the construction industry.

“Not all young people want to go to university full time or straight away. Many are now choosing apprenticeships because they offer the chance to gain first-hand, real life experience, off the job training at no cost to the applicant or their parents as well as the chance to achieve a high-level industry-recognised qualification,”

“We are keen to give young people, including more females, these exciting opportunities to learn and work in what is a very rewarding and well paid industry,”

He continues, “Previous apprentices have successfully developed a range of skills – going on to great things within the company. Interest in our 2019 positions is already very high and we would encourage schools, parents and school leavers interested in finding out more about our apprenticeships in the homebuilding sector to visit our website in order to avoid disappointment.”

Daniel Jones joined us in 2017 as a Management Trainee and has benefited significantly from the scheme, as he goes on to explain.

“My apprenticeship has opened my eyes to the many different aspects of life in the housing and construction sectors,” said Daniel.

“From marketing and management to administration and finance, I’ve been fortunate enough to gain experience across all of these areas in a very short space of time, whilst also studying for a degree, part time, at Derby University,”

He continues, “Fairgrove really look after you and you truly feel like you’re part of a family. I would encourage young people and their parents considering an apprenticeship in the housing sector to get in touch with Fairgrove Homes to find out more because the opportunities open to you are incredibly varied and rewarding!”

Information about the range of apprenticeships available, as well as details on how to apply, can be found by visiting www.fairgrove.co.uk/about-us.

Both Fairgrove Homes and Nelsons named as finalists for the East Midlands Bricks Awards 2019

Both ourselves and East Midlands-based law firm Nelsons have been named as joint finalists in the Deal of the Year category for the 2019 East Midlands Bricks Awards.

Organised by East Midlands Business Link, the East Midlands Bricks Awards recognises and celebrates the achievements and high standards set by both companies and individuals within the building sector across the region – including commercial and public projects, offices, industrial, residential and community projects.

This year’s awards night will be held at Trent Bridge Cricket ground in West Bridgford on Thursday 28th March – with 10 category winners announced including Contractor of the Year, Developer of the Year, Deal of the Year and Excellence in Design.

Both Fairgrove and Nelsons have been named as finalists as part of the same entry for Deal of the Year – following an announcement in early 2019 of the successful purchase completion of the remaining land at the Brewery Yard development in Kimberley.

The Brewery Yard is the latest phase of redevelopment and regeneration for the historic former Kimberley Brewery. We began work on the site in 2015 and have since completed the first phase, as well as 75% of the second of five phases of development at the site – which will see a range of quality apartments, townhouses, semi-detached and detached homes in the sought-after location.

Completion of the deal to purchase the remaining land means that the preserved Grade II* listed buildings surrounding the former brewery yard – including the kilns, kiln stores, tower and the maltings – can now be repaired and converted into luxury dwellings and a business hub, containing a range of office spaces to boost the local economy.

Speaking about the news that both Fairgrove and Nelsons have been named as joint finalists, our Sales and Marketing Manager Vanessa Gregory said, “We are delighted to see our deal to acquire the remaining land at The Brewery Yard named as a finalist for the Deal of the Year category at the East Midlands Bricks,”

She continues, “By working in close partnership with Nelsons at every stage of the deal, we have guaranteed the successful completion of the necessary legal requirements of the acquisition process and secured the future of the historic Grade II* listed buildings on the site for future generations to enjoy. We look forward to completing the Brewery Yard phase and continuing the redevelopment of a site which forms an integral part of the local community of Kimberley”

Mary Gharmount, associate commercial property solicitor at Nelsons, which represented Fairgrove throughout the purchase process, is delighted with the news and said, “We’ve been working on the Brewery Yard project alongside Fairgrove since 2016. It’s an important and significant development for the town. We are thrilled to have been recognised by the East Midlands Bricks Awards.

“The brewery, which was a major employer in the area, was sold in 2006 and has stood empty ever since. It’s great that the historic buildings, some of which date back to the 19th century, will be restored and preserved for future generations, alongside stylish new homes, cottages and apartments.”

For more information about the range of properties at Hansons View, visit www.fairgrove.co.uk.