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Bewley guides schoolboy on career path into the housebuilding industry

13 Nov 2023

A fifteen-year-old from Hurst Community College in Baughurst, near Basingstoke, has taken the first step on a long road to follow his dream after a week’s work experience at Bewley Homes.

Robbie Jones has dreamt of becoming an architect having fallen in love with building homes after years of playing Minecraft – the on-line video game.

With Bewley’s headquarters in the same village as his school, Robbie reached out to the award winning housebuilder to see if there were any opportunities for work experience, after explaining his long term goal.

Under the guidance of Bewley’s Technical team, Robbie was given a valuable insight into housebuilding sector spending time with the commercial, technical, construction and sales and marketing departments. He also visited the company’s planning agency Boyer who has an in-house architect.

Commenting on the work experience, Robbie said: “I can’t thank the staff at Bewley enough. Everyone was very helpful and made sure I received a varied experience. I was very impressed with Bewley’s houses.”

If Robbie’s dream goes to plan after his GCSEs this year, he’ll take A levels before going onto University to study architecture for five years. He is already looking into doing a working degree.

Technical Director at Bewley, Craig Ireland, said: “Housebuilding is a fantastic and vary varied career and we were delighted to offer Robbie a week’s experience which he spent with different teams. We wish him all the best.”

“He particularly enjoyed the site visit, meeting the architect, planners and he has kept some of the work that he did as a reminder of a great week.

“It’s so important to inspire the next generation of young people into the industry and who knows, he could be a future Technical Department colleague one day!”

Andrew Brooks, Managing Director at Bewley, added: “As a key part of our community engagement strategy, we continue our work with primary and secondary schools, and in some cases nurseries. We view this interaction as a valuable way of linking a new development with local schools and amenities and supporting existing and new homeowners.”