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Darren Healey, MD of Darren Healey Building Contractors, is pictured with apprentices old and new (L-R) Michael Flaherty, Richard Trewern, Ben Page, Jacob Champion
Darren Healey, MD of Darren Healey Building Contractors, is pictured with apprentices old and new (L-R) Michael Flaherty, Richard Trewern, Ben Page, Jacob Champion

Underlining their commitment to continued growth, Truro-based Darren Healey Building Contractors (DHBC) has taken on two new apprentices and congratulated three others who have just completed their training.

Jacob Champion, 18, and Michael Flaherty, 17, are both from Truro and both now training to be carpenters.

They are following in the footsteps of Richard Trewern, a 19-year-old mason, of Praze, Ben Page (mason), 19, of Hayle, and Adam Parsons (carpenter), 19, Hayle, who have completed their apprenticeships and are now full-time permanent employees.

“Despite the current difficult trading conditions, we believe it is vital for the future of our company and the industry to maintain an active apprenticeship programme,” said DHBC managing director Darren Healey.

“Most of our senior management team have served apprenticeships in the trade and the ongoing training of local youngsters is the key to so many elements of sustainability, both in the industry and in the economy and community at large.”

The company currently has three other apprentices on its books – Richard Holroyd, 19, Shortlanesend, carpentry, Ashley Peat, 19, Newquay, masonry, and Joe Earl-Davies, 18, Feock, carpentry.

Their colleagues include Darren Hicks, 19, Truro, a trainee estimator, and Joel Dove, 28, Carbis Bay, who is training as a structural engineer technician.

DHBC’s turnover has increased by 52% over the last 12 months. It employs over 70 full-time staff, providing work for around 150 sub-contractors.

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