Upwell apprentice begins to learn his trade on £30m estate regeneration programme in Kings Lynn

PUBLISHED: 15:55 07 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:55 07 January 2014

Billy Smith, from Upwell in Norfolk, has secured a plumbing apprenticeship with local housing regeneration specialist Lovell.

Billy Smith, from Upwell in Norfolk, has secured a plumbing apprenticeship with local housing regeneration specialist Lovell.

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Fens apprentice Billy Smith will learn his trade working on a £30m estate regeneration programme which Lovell is undertaking for Freebridge Community Housing at Hillington Square, King’s Lynn.

Pictured on site at Hillington Square, left to right, Lovell training administration assistant Jo Scott; Freebridge head of property Andrew Edmonds; Lovell apprentice Billy Smith; Freebridge project manager Jacqueline Fry and Lovell construction manager Michael Saunders.Pictured on site at Hillington Square, left to right, Lovell training administration assistant Jo Scott; Freebridge head of property Andrew Edmonds; Lovell apprentice Billy Smith; Freebridge project manager Jacqueline Fry and Lovell construction manager Michael Saunders.

Billy, 19, of Upwell, will combine working under supervision on site in King’s Lynn with attending the College of West Anglia on a day release basis, studying for a Level 2 NVQ qualification in plumbing.

Billy was put forward for the apprenticeship by the college where he started his NVQ plumbing course in September. Landing his apprentice place with Lovell will enable him to acquire the on-site experience he needs to fully qualify as a plumber.

“I’m over the moon to be starting my apprenticeship with Lovell,” says Billy. “This is a great opportunity for me as they are a big company and it will give me the chance to gain high-quality practical experience.

“I first became interested in plumbing when I worked on building sites as a labourer – I spoke to the plumbers on site and they told me it was a brilliant career. I like the fact that it involves a wide range of skills: with my training behind me, I will have the chance to go in a number of different directions.”

Lovell construction manager Michael Saunders says: “As a company, our goal is to leave a lasting legacy of benefits wherever we work. Providing training and job opportunities locally is very much part of that commitment. Billy is highly motivated and we’re delighted to be helping him progress his construction career as a Lovell apprentice.”

Lovell began work in August 2013 on the regeneration programme, which includes kitchen and bathroom replacements for the area’s 320 flats.

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