Somerset Care and Repair working with Jones Building Group at the Milford Inn, Yeovil.

Somerset Care and Repair took over the old Milford Inn in 2014 and since then have been working on site to convert the whole premises into 6 new flats. Upstairs are two, three bedroom flats which were completed in 2015 and subsequently rented out. The four ground floor flats are still undergoing conversion and are on track to be completed by the end of the year.

Somerset Care and Repair have been using the Milford Inn as a training and education centre for the long term unemployed in order to gain valuable onsite skills as well as providing local trainees the opportunity to complete parts of their apprenticeship modules on site and showing their development within the trade.

As such Somerset Care and Repair is proud to welcome Jones Building Group onto the Milford site. Jones are a local building contractor whose head office is situated nearby in Yeovil. They have been providing invaluable assistance with the project not only in terms of skilled labour but also practical expertise and advice. In turn they are using the project as an opportunity to give their apprentices site experience in a different environment to the norm and get parts of their qualifications signed off at the same time.

For two days Sam Balian - a carpenter who completed his apprenticeship with Jones and now has his own apprentice to pass his knowledge onto, James Rolls – a carpentry apprentice working on his level 2 qualification, Carlo Fleming – one of the qualified Jones carpenters and James Snell – another carpentry apprentice working on his level 2 worked like clockwork to erect a number of door linings, build and erect stud walls and plaster the surroundings areas. Their hard work has really helped push the project along and given their apprentices a chance to practice some of their skills in a different setting.