Father and son team up on building site

Leslie and Harry Hume
Leslie and Harry Hume

A young apprentice is certainly a chip off the old block as he follows his father into the house-building business.

Eighteen-year-old Harry Hume has successfully applied to developer Bellway Homes for a carpentry apprenticeship and is already gaining experience on site.

It is a real family affair as he is following in the footsteps of his father Leslie, who is a Bellway bricklayer.

And the pair have both been allocated work on the company’s Stannington Park development in the Northumberland countryside.

Harry said: “My Dad has been in the building industry for over 30 years and has worked for Bellway for 25 years so I guess he has had an influence on my choice of career.

“I have always liked carpentry and mixing my college course with the practical work on site is the perfect combination for me.

“Although Dad works on the same site, we actually don’t see that much of each other because the site is in the middle of open countryside and quite spread out, and a lot of my work tends to be inside the new homes, involving the construction of partition walls and staircases.”

As well as the practical site experience, Harry’s three-year apprenticeship includes a carpentry course at Northumberland College, where the Amble resident has been studying roof construction as part of his diploma.

Stannington Park Site Manager Ray Dargue said: “Harry has successfully passed his first year of exams and is a competent and popular member of my team.

“Many of Bellway’s apprentices have risen through the ranks to become site managers so Harry has a bright future ahead of him.”