The Council's exciting One Horton Heath (OHH) project is paying dividends in helping young people into employment.
Eighteen year-old Josh Finlay is joining Winchester-based Property & Construction Consultants, Ridge as an apprentice civil engineering technician, after coming to the end of his 18-month T-level placement with the One Horton Heath project team.
Since 2021, One Horton Heath has been ensuring there are pathways in place for young people to gain skills and employment in the workplace through the development’s own team or wider supply chain. Josh’s apprenticeship is the first career success story for the scheme.
Lea Hampton, Employment and Skills Manager for One Horton Heath said:
“We’re delighted for Josh. Inspiring young people through our One Horton Heath placements allows young people real-life work experience and a career route into industry. The development will bring lots of employment opportunities into the area over its lifetime and we want local young people to have the skills and knowledge to succeed in local job roles.
Josh will be continuing his studies at Ridge, starting his HNC Level 4 course in September. His apprenticeship role also means he’ll continue to work on the development, joining the Ridge team who are delivering civil and structural engineering services on the development’s first residential parcel.
Martyn Grant, Associate at Ridge and Partners LLP said: “The T-Level experience Josh gained on the scheme and a two-week placement at our offices last summer has provided him with a fantastic route into the industry, further offering him the option to carry on down the technician or engineering route. We’re excited to be welcoming him into the team at Ridge".
Josh said: “I’m so glad to be starting the apprenticeship and looking forward to being back onsite at One Horton Heath in the near future.”
(Pictured: Josh Finlay and Martyn Grant)