Taylor Wimpey apprentices show Vince Cable their carpentry skills

Two Taylor Wimpey apprentices were given the chance to showcase their carpentry skills to a senior Government minister during a high profile visit.

Two Taylor Wimpey apprentices were given the chance to showcase their carpentry skills to a senior Government minister during a high profile visit.

Sam Poole (19) and 18-year-old Michael Clough met Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, during his recent trip to Warwickshire College's Rugby Centre.

The pair are rising stars of Taylor Wimpey's apprenticeship scheme, which sees youngsters from the firm, one of the largest British-based housebuilding companies, trained at the Technology Drive college.

The college is geared towards business formation and growth, wealth creation and employment - and provides the students with state-of-the-art facilities in which to hone their construction, plumbing and carpentry skills.

Roger Northam, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, said: "We are extremely fortunate to be able to place our young apprentices in such a first-class facility.

"As a Technology Drive college there is no better place for them to be learning their trade and the visit by Vince Cable gave them a wonderful opportunity to show off the skills they have learned to one of the biggest names in British politics.

"We are confident both Sam and Michael can go on to enjoy long and successful careers with Taylor Wimpey, helping to build thousands of new properties for home-buyers to enjoy for generations to come."

Both Sam and Michael are completing a three year carpentry apprenticeship at the college, working towards a Level 2 and 3 NVQ. They are among a group of eight youngsters currently employed as apprentices by Taylor Wimpey Midlands.

Last year, Sam was named the overall Outstanding Apprentice of the Year in Carpentry and Joinery at the college's annual awards.

Taylor Wimpey Midlands is currently building a wide range of new homes at developments throughout the region, including Swallows Nest in Allesley, Coventry, Warwick Chase in Warwick and across Warwickshire, the West Midlands, Shropshire and Worcestershire.