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Derbyshire building boom prompts further recruitment for DBCP

Derbyshire’s building boom has prompted Chesterfield Champion Derbyshire Building Control Partnership (DBCP) to further strengthen its team of building control surveyors.

Experienced building control surveyor Sarah Pearce and trainee building control surveyor Christian Ellis have joined DBCP.

Based out of the company’s Derby office, Sarah and Christian will be covering Derby and South Derbyshire working with builders, architects and property owners in the area.

Christian’s appointment addresses the construction industry’s concerns around a shortage of building control surveyors which could threaten the current growth rate of the UK construction sector. Christian is one of two graduate trainees and a building control apprentice employed by DBCP as it seeks to invest in its workforce at all levels.

Welcoming Sarah and Christian to DBCP, Managing Director Neil Johnson said: “Innovations in building technology and a government pledge to build a million new homes by 2020 all add to the future demands for building control expertise. This is why, as a business, we have really focussed on recruitment in recent months to further add to the resources, skills and experience of the team. We offer a strong service throughout Derbyshire, one that is matched to the current construction boom regionally and nationally.”

Christian, from Wirksworth, has recently completed a Biology degree at the University of Lincoln. He joins the company as a trainee where he will combine work and study over the next two years to complete a Level 4 Diploma in HNC Construction and the Built Environment.

He explained: “I’ve been around building all my life; I even grew up on a construction site and knew it was what I wanted to do when I left university. Although biology and building control seem very difference there are a number of transferable skills to take from my university course to this role.”

In his spare time, Christian likes to play and watch a number of sports and enjoys going to the gym with his friends.

Sarah, from Fleckney, in Leicestershire, has more than 15 years’ experience in building control and joins from Oadby and Wigston Council. She commented: “The move to DBCP has given me the opportunity to focus on my role and provide a great building control service. There is so much behind the scenes support at DBCP which makes it a great environment to work in.”

Outside work, Sarah enjoys cycling and runs her own cycling group on Saturday mornings. She is soon to complete RideLondon, a 100-mile bike ride to raise funds for Action Aid – a charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.

DBCP is the recommended building control service provider in Derbyshire and is responsible for ensuring that all new construction, conversions, alterations and extensions are built to a minimum standard and meet certain health, safety and welfare standards.

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