The upturn in the property market, which has seen house prices steadily rise over the past few months, is having positive effects across the housing industry.
For school leavers Frazer Chadwick and Warren Smith, the continuing market recovery is particular reason to celebrate, as they have just been taken on as apprentices by Taylor Wimpey in the East Midlands.
With demand for brand new homes in the region continuing to gather pace, the leading house builder is keen to ensure it has the resources in place to meet the requirements of property seekers.
And by joining the Taylor Wimpey team at an early age, Chadwick, 18, from Leicester, and Smith, 17, from Syston, can gain the skills and expertise to develop successful careers in the industry while helping to make sure the area's need for high quality housing is fulfilled in the years to come.
The pair will hope to follow in the footsteps of successful apprentice Rob Castka, 20, from Kettering, who has gone on to become a management trainee with Taylor Wimpey after completing a three year apprenticeship.
During his training period, Castka twice won the Taylor Wimpey Apprentice of the Year and received a Silver Trowel bricklaying prize from Moulton College in Northamptonshire.
Steve Farmer, managing director of Taylor Wimpey in the East Midlands, says: "We're delighted to welcome Frazer and Warren to our highly experienced construction team as an investment in the future of our company and the housing needs of the East Midlands people.
"Industry analysts have been telling us for months that confidence is returning to the property market, and there can be no clearer evidence that this is the case than the need to recruit more workers and create new jobs.
"This is also good news for buyers because, with house prices on the increase, now is the perfect time to invest in a brand new property and watch its value grow."
According to the latest figures from the Halifax, national house prices rose for the fourth successive month in October - and yet the cost of the average home remains significantly lower than at the same point in 2008.
Mortgage lending is also on the increase, with home loan approvals 81 per cent higher in September than in the previous month.
For buyers in the East Midlands, Taylor Wimpey offers a range of incentives to make investing in a new home even easier, including schemes aimed at first time purchasers and those with a house to sell.
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