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As the new school terms start this September, Sales Director of Millwood Designer Homes, Philip Brown, discusses the importance of supporting local schools.

Across the whole housebuilding industry, we should be doing more to attract ambitious young people into a new career within the sector. With approximately 2.96million people employed in the construction industry today, it is vital to engage with students who are considering their prospective career options and are interested in the sector. There are a vast range of job roles within our industry and by extending a helping hand and sharing knowledge, we can inspire this new generation.

At Millwood, we believe it is extremely important to interact with local schools and organisations, in order to form ongoing positive relationships with the communities we build in. Our prestigious Encouragement Pack initiative is testament to this.

We are about to enter in our ninth year of the initiative – an educational achievement award we set up in partnership with a selection of secondary schools in the Kent and East Sussex region, including Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge, King Elthelbert’s School in Birchington, Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School and Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells.

Over the years, we have built up excellent relationships with these schools. We believe the scheme promotes ambition, positivity and encourages pupils into future careers in the work-force. For us, recognising hard-working and high achieving students in a range of academic and practical subjects such as; Art & Design, Geography, Technology, and Construction is extremely rewarding.

Directors at Millwood, including myself, attend a prize-giving ceremony at the schools to present the winning students with a trophy, cheque and book token each, to congratulate them on their academic achievements. The on-going initiative is extremely successful and we hope it continues to inspire the new generation into the housebuilding industry.

In addition to this, we regularly aid school projects such as the Marden in Bloom organisation at Marden Primary School, where we contributed towards their flower and vegetable planting, as well as donating towards the Wickhambreaux Primary Schools recent ‘Wasteland to Wonderland’ Project.

Community-based activity is a priority for us and giving back to schools, students and communities is a fantastic way to connect with local families and offer support to a significant element of their neighbourhoods.