Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017.
Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford and Kempston, joined local students to have a go at building new homes as part of National Apprentice Week on Friday. The students tried their hand at bricklaying and carpentry at a hands-on event at Barratt Homes’ Cygnet Mews development in Kempston.
Pupils from Bedford Academy, Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College and Sharnbrook Upper School visited the new homes development on Wilkinson Road, where they met staff, learnt about the industry and gained practical, supervised experience of construction skills.
The aim of the visit, organised in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), was to demonstrate to the students the different skills involved in building a new home and to inspire them into considering a career in home building after leaving school.
Richard Fuller said; “As part of my plan for Bedford and Kempston I want to encourage house building by companies like Barratt so future generations can have the security of their own home.
“Home building is helping to drive the continuing economic recovery, and by encouraging young people to become apprentices through events such as this, responsible companies like Barratt Homes are creating jobs for the local area.”
Andrew Swindell, Managing Director of Barratt Homes Northampton, said; “We want to give local students a glimpse of what it’s like to work on a new homes development, as we’re always on the look-out for the home builders of the future.”