Construction industry skills have received a huge boost with Willmott Dixon pledging to increase its apprentice intake this year by 31 per cent.

The company is looking to boost apprentice numbers from 58 to 76 by the end of 2015 and they will work with Willmott Dixon’s repairs and maintenance company Partnerships improving thousands of homes across the UK. These homes are owned by local authorities and registered landlords in areas like Birmingham, Rotherham, Burton-upon-Trent and London, with recruitment campaigns about to be launched within all these contracts.

The apprenticeship positions will build on the existing programmes offered by Willmott Dixon Partnerships that cover trades including carpentry, plumbing, gas and office administration.

All those recruited will join Willmott Dixon’s award-winning apprenticeship scheme, Opening Doors, which offers trade and administration role. Providing training and development to employees, tenants and other local residents, it also gives local students the opportunity to experience working in the construction and maintenance industry.

Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Partnerships, Mick Williamson, said: “We are delighted to be able to create these apprenticeship opportunities at Willmott Dixon. Each year we seek to build on the numbers of apprentices employed and this year, with the growth of business, we are seeking to increase numbers by 31 per cent.

“We are firm believers that our apprentices make such a huge impact on our business and are ambassadors for the company. Our skills programmes and initiatives allow hundreds of people to access and enhance knowledge to help them have a successful career. We firmly believe apprentices are the future of our business and through initiatives, such as this, we look forward to them being a part of our continued growth plans.”

Willmott Dixon Partnerships works within the Group to deliver repair and maintenance services to over 170,000 homes.