(L-R) David Parry, Site Manager Steve Craig and Ally Jones

Locals Lay Foundations For The Future With Countryside

Leading housing developer, Countryside, has brought a welcome employment boost to Knowsley with a raft of apprentices kick-starting their careers across Countryside’s new developments in the borough.

Fulfilling a commitment to providing training opportunities for the Knowsley community, Countryside launched its apprenticeship recruitment drive as part of its Employment and Skills Plan in partnership with Knowsley Council in 2016. 

The investment in training has subsequently resulted in long-term employment for five apprentices within Countryside’s supply chain in addition to ongoing training for an additional four apprentices.

Ally Jones (22) from Kirkby is currently in his final year of a Level 3 apprenticeship in joinery with Countryside, which sees him work full time on sites across Knowsley while spending one day a week attending St Helens College’s STEM Centre.

Ally commented: “My experience with Countryside has been a great start for my career. Training on site means you get to learn from people around you. I work with a very experienced team and so seeing how they do things has really helped me develop my skills.

“My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship would be to definitely do it. Now I am coming towards the end of my training, I have a trade that I will have forever. We always need more homes so I know I’ve got skills under my belt that will always be needed.”

Ally will complete his apprenticeship in March this year after which he will continue his employment with Countryside, contributing to the developer’s ongoing building work across Knowsley.

Dave Parry, Countryside Construction Manager and mentor to Ally, commented: “Apprenticeships are such an important investment for us. We train the future workforce, which is vital to our business and our industry. We all started somewhere and it’s great to see the difference in our apprentices over the course of their time with us. To see their work ethic and the skills we have helped them to gain makes me extremely proud.”

Countryside’s investment in training comes as the developer prepares to launch Highfield Place, its brand new collection of three and four bedroom homes which will sit alongside extensive recreational space across 30-acres of parkland in Kirkby.

Countryside is due to launch its sales cabin at Highfield Place in the spring. Interested parties can register for more information by contacting the team on Tel: 0151 601 3702 or emailing [email protected]

"My experience with Countryside has been a great start for my career. Training on site means you get to learn from people around you." - Ally Jones, Countryside Apprentice

(L-R) David Parry, Site Manager Steve Craig and Ally Jones
(L-R) David Parry, Site Manager Steve Craig and Ally Jones