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Local High School Winners Gain Construction Skills at Crest Nicholson’s Cedars Park Development

Crest Nicholson recently welcomed 14 and 15 year-old ‘Construction Challenge’ competition winners from Claydon High School to its Cedars Park development in Stowmarket. Throughout the day students acquired experience of working on a building site and gained some hands-on experience of the various aspects of the building trade work.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week which took place earlier this year, local Suffolk schools took part in the Construction Challenge, which tested their skills in bricklaying, carpentry, roofing, plastering as well as painting and decorating. The Year 10 students from Claydon High School who won the challenge were given the opportunity to gain on-site experience and building trade work advice as part of their prize.

James Moody, Managing Director for Crest Nicholson Eastern, said: “We were delighted to welcome pupils from Claydon High School to Cedars Park. Winning the ‘Construction Challenge’ was a fantastic achievement and is testament to the skills they have already learnt at school.

“Crest Nicholson believes in encouraging and inspiring budding young talent to choose a career within the construction industry. We take great pride in helping the new generation of trainees gain the practical skills and hands-on experience needed to develop within the trade. Given the high cost of tuition fees and associated expense of a university education, becoming an apprentice is an excellent career alternative. Each year Crest Nicholson takes on new apprentices across the company; currently, around 10% of our work force is made up of apprentices. We have also recently revamped our graduate training programme.”

Graham Alcock, Deputy Headteacher at Claydon High School, said: “I was thrilled that our pupils won the ‘Construction Challenge’. The competition was tough with over five teams from schools across the county competing in a series of construction skill challenges. To visit a development under construction and see how a site works is a great opportunity and I would like to thank Crest Nicholson for enabling our students to gain this experience.”

Mick O’Flynn, Regional Delivery Manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills, said: “It is important that we encourage young people to look to construction for an exciting and fulfilling career. We are working hard to bring new blood into the industry and the growth of the sector in the East of England will mean new opportunities for fresh talent. The industry provides a wealth of opportunities for career progression across a variety of sectors, and I am delighted that this event received such a welcoming response from the local youth community.”

’The Laurels’ is the newest phase of development at Cedars Park, comprising 14 house styles, including a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses. Many homes have an open-plan kitchen and dining area whereas others have a more traditional layout.

Cedars Park is a lively community with its own local amenities, all of which is surrounded by beautiful Suffolk countryside. The development is ideal for commuters with families as they have a straightforward journey to London yet have all the lifestyle benefits of living in the countryside for relaxing weekends at home with the family.

Just one mile from the centre of the historic market town of Stowmarket, properties at The Laurels at Cedars Park provide all the essentials of modern family living including a Primary school on site. The development is surrounded by some of Suffolk’s most beautiful countryside and is conveniently located close to Stowmarket station. Commuters at The Laurels can travel by train to London Liverpool Street in just over an hour and Norwich is only 35 minutes away.

Stowmarket sits in the centre of Suffolk and on the River Gipping, just 12 miles North West of Ipswich it is well connected by the A14. The town was originally an agricultural market town and was brought prosperity by the canal network on the river. Stowmarket retains its market town charm with a variety of listed buildings and is a quintessential Suffolk town.

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