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With youth unemployment hovering around 20%, one bright spot is the growing trend towards apprenticeships. They’re a way for young people to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices also helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

One company that can vouch for this is Millwood Designer Homes, who have taken on Cara Smith, who is doing an apprenticeship in Business and Administration.

Finance & Operations Director Paul Rosbrook says: “We are pleased to be able to give Cara this opportunity and to support youth employment. She has been with us for four months on work experience and we have been really impressed with her positive attitude and enthusiasm.”

Youth employment is not the only thing Millwood supports. The company has also run its Encouragement Pack initiative for the last five years across a number of schools. It currently sponsors:

  • Cup for A-Level Geography – Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School
  • Prize for Creativity – Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge
  • Excellence in Science – The Skinners’ School, Tunbridge Wells

Cup for Construction – King Ethelbert School, Westgate-on-Sea

Along with a cup, Millwood presents each winner with a £50 book token and a £50 cheque.

Philip Brown, Sales Director of Millwood Designer Homes, said: “As a company, we feel it’s important for businesses to support education and schools as well as local communities. We launched our ‘Encouragement Pack’ in 2009, as part of our commitment to the community in which we build. The scheme is designed to foster ambition and reward academic achievement.

“We are delighted to be able to offer something to the schools and to their pupils who will hopefully be inspired to work harder to achieve their goals and win the annual Millwood prize.”

“The customer service has been magnificent and Millwood also offers a two-year after-care service. The attitude of both the site manager and everyone else from Millwood we have dealt with has been fantastic. Without a doubt we would recommend the company in the future. For now though, we are happy enjoying our new life by the sea with good friends.”