Teenagers were given an insight into the house building industry at a special employability presentation day organised by Taylor Wimpey.

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  • A group of six students spent a day with senior staff from Taylor Wimpey to find out how to break into the world of work.

    The event was organised in partnership with St Edmunds Society, a charity which provides training and education for young people in Norwich, and which hosted the presentations at its new premises in Oak Street during the morning and provided lunch for the group.

    The students then spent the afternoon being taken on a guided tour of the site and sales operations at Taylor Wimpey's Middleton Park new homes development in Poethlyn Drive, Norwich.

    Bryn Maidman, Taylor Wimpey managing director in East Anglia, who welcomed the students to the day, says: "Trying to break into the world of work can be a daunting prospect for young people, so an event like this which can demystify the whole process and provide practical tips, is incredibly useful for them.

    "It was a real pleasure to meet the students who attended the day and pass on some of our knowledge, experience and expertise.

    "Hopefully, the information they received will inspire them to choose a career in what is a very satisfying and rewarding sector, which brings both economic and social benefits to the whole of the East Anglia region."

    During the day, the young people enjoyed informative presentations from Maidman and Maria Pilfold, Taylor Wimpey UK group HR director. They were then briefed on health and safety and attended a presentation on how to construct a house by Rob Spittles, associate production director, and Barry Pennock, production manager.

    They also met Tom Kavanagh, one of the young people who has been helped by St Edmunds Society. He has just completed nine months placement at Taylor Wimpey's NR1 development in Norwich and has now been offered a full-time permanent position as a site operative with the company.

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