New trainees start building careers with Anwyl
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New trainees start building careers with Anwyl

TWO new trainees have joined Anwyl Homes as the company’s Lancashire business continues to grow.

Hayley Hughes has been taken on as a trainee sales adviser, while Alex Hetherington is working in the commercial department.

Hayley graduated from Bangor University with a First-Class integrated Masters Degree in Geography. Like many others, her original career path was rerouted by the pandemic.

“I’d originally been offered a job as cabin crew but because of Covid that didn’t happen. I started looking at industries with similar customer service skill sets and approached Anwyl by sending in my CV,” Hayley explained.

“I’ve only been with the company a few weeks but I’m starting to get to grips with everything. It’s not just a case of selling a house and handing over the keys – there’s a lot more to the process from the customer’s initial enquiry to completion, dealing with solicitors, mortgage advisers and keeping everyone up to date. I’m learning everything from scratch but it’s amazing how much you can pick up shadowing someone and I’m now able to cover sites on my own.”

Hayley, 23, from Fleetwood, has worked at developments across Anwyl’s Lancashire patch, including Longridge, Barton, Burscough, Knowsley and St Helens.

“There’s a lot involved with selling a house that’s out of your hands so it’s a case of learn to adapt and overcome, which is what I did to secure this role.,” Hayley added.

“This is a new chapter in my life and there are a lot of opportunities for me to advance my career with Anwyl, hopefully up to a managerial role in future.”

Since joining the company, Hayley has enrolled on the Future Talent Network (FTN), online knowledge and support hub recently launched by the HBF for new entrants to the home building industry.

Prior to joining Anwyl, new commercial trainee Alex Hetherington had been working in a restaurant and for his dad’s construction recruitment business.

“I saw some of the different roles people were being placed in and started thinking about becoming a quantity surveyor,” Alex explained.

“I contacted Anwyl’s commercial director and after being interviewed was offered a position as commercial trainee, where I’m spending my time between buying and procurement and the quantity surveyors.”

Alongside working at Anwyl’s Buckshaw Village office, Alex, 20, from Wigan, will be studying for a BTEC Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment at Wigan and Leigh College.

Managing director of Anwyl Homes Lancashire John Grime said: “Creating career opportunities for young people is important for the growth of the Anwyl business and the future of the housebuilding industry. Hayley and Alex have both shown great enthusiasm and a strong work ethic in making their initial approaches to the company. I’m sure they will have bright careers ahead of them.”

Anwyl Homes Lancashire directly employs nearly 60 people and is now active at nine locations in Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire. Its newest developments are in Barton, Burscough and Warton, in Lancashire, and Winnington, Cheshire.

Anwyl will be recruiting its first Lancashire trade apprentices later this year. For details of career opportunities see https://www.anwylgroup.co.uk/careers.