Three new staff members welcomed in Solihull head office

Harry Pearson, Jessica Faulkner and Danny Nicoll have joined Barratt Homes Mercia

Harry Pearson, Jessica Faulkner and Danny Nicoll have joined Barratt Homes Mercia

Barratt Homes Mercia has welcomed three new members of staff to the team at its head office in Solihull.

Jessica Faulkner has joined as marketing executive while Harry Pearson and Danny Nicoll are both commercial apprentices.

Speaking about her new role, Jessica said: “Every day is different. One day I could be writing brochure copy and the next day I could be on a building site.

“The work is nicely varied and there is never a dull moment.”

18-year-old Harry Pearson from Sutton Coldfield decided to apply for an apprenticeship so he could go straight into work after leaving school and is currently working as an apprentice quantity surveyor. He is set to begin a two-year BTEC HNC construction course at Birmingham City University with a view to becoming a chartered surveyor after a further three years of study.

He said: “I think an apprenticeship offers many benefits, the main benefit being able to gain experience in the working environment, but also to have the chance to collect further qualifications and at the same time be paid and earn a living.”

Danny Nicoll will begin studying for a BTEC in construction management at Birmingham South and City College.

He said: “The benefit of an apprenticeship is applying the theoretical knowledge learnt in the classroom to the practical side at work. I think this is a better way to learn.”

John Fitzgerald, managing director of Barratt Homes Mercia, said: “I would like to welcome Jessica, Harry and Danny to our growing team.

“Having started my career as an apprentice, I understand the value of the experience which can be gained through undertaking an apprenticeship.

“At Barratt we offer a number of opportunities in construction through our thriving apprenticeship schemes. These give people a wide range of experience and knowledge and set the foundations on which they can build a career in the industry.”