Horizon trainees see new homes take shape

Horizon trainees at Andrew RoadTrainee plumbers from the West Kent YMCA Horizon Project – which is based at TN2 Community Centre in Sherwood – visited one of Town & Country’s new housing developments being built in High Brooms. The visit gave the trainees a chance to look at the eco-efficient plumbing and building technology, and gain experience of the health and safety regulations surrounding their future work environment.

Jacob Woods , one of the trainees, said: "I found the building site visit really interesting and informative. It showed me how new technologies are being used to become more energy efficient and also how important and serious health and safety issues are taken. I hope to become a plumber and it was very helpful to see where I could be working in the future."

Horizon Project course director Darryl Oung said: "We offer qualifications in many vocational and social development subjects. These include metal work, plumbing and carpentry.

"With so many of our learners successfully progressing onto higher levels within the trades the importance of visiting potential work places is essential in embedding the knowledge they gain whilst at the Horizon Projects.

"Town and Country’s continuous assistance in this area over the past years has been invaluable in acheiving our young trainees goals."

Town & Country’s major plans for the regeneration of Sherwood will offer more opportunites for trainees to experience new homes at various stages in their construction.

The 12 new homes in Andrew Road are nearing completion. The four flats, seven houses and one bungalow will be available to people on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s housing register.