YOUNG apprentices have been helping to piece together the luxury apartments and new homes at a £40m development in Bracebridge Heath, Lincolnshire.

Nottingham-based developer Mabec is supporting six apprentices by providing them with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in helping to bring back to life one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects.

The youngsters, aged between 16 and 18, are currently on site learning the tricks of the trade at St John’s Village, which comprises 106 apartments and houses in the listed building plus another 77 new build houses in the grounds.

Jack Harrison, from Lincoln, and Tyler O’Meara, from Donington On Bain, have both been working on site for five weeks as part of a joinery apprenticeship with Construction & Skills Solutions.

The 16-year-olds said the hands-on experience gained while working at St John’s Village has been invaluable.

“It is great to come on site and put into practice some of the theory we learn inside the classroom. I have been pitching new roofs and fitting skirting boards across the first phase of St John’s,” said Jack.

Tyler added: “Having a mentor is really beneficial as I get to shadow him and see everything put into practice.”

The apprenticeships were provided through the Access Your Future Through Apprenticeships (AYFTA) social enterprise partnership with Lincolnshire City Council and Build A Future Training Centre.

Dave Branley, project manager, said: “It is important to invest in the workers of tomorrow and create a continual pool of talented craftspeople. The opportunity for them to work on site on a project to this scale will be invaluable to them and it is great to have them with us.”

St John’s, which was built in 1852, has a rich historical background. Set over 120 acres and used predominantly as a hospital, it was also home to disadvantaged families who lived and worked on site.

The first phase of the build is due to be completed this month with Lincoln’s premier agents Pygott & Crone marketing the development.

For more information please contact Isabel Dunmore, Annie Brafield or Jennie Holland at Cartwright Communications on 0115 853 2110.


The Mabec team have over 50 years’ experience in property development, the last decade being dedicated to the regeneration of older buildings in the East Midlands.


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Mabec was formed to become a regional force in the residential development market. We have started the journey with a number of high profile acquisitions and are making good progress on several larger scale, often challenging, development sites.


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