University of Northampton partners with Taylor Wimpey to give students a helping hand on to careers ladder

Date 16.11.2015

Students from the University of Northampton will benefit from internships and work experience placements with leading housebuilder Taylor Wimpey through a ground-breaking partnership agreement.

The University has partnered with Taylor Wimpey to enable students and graduates to learn from the expertise of the housebuilder by undertaking work-shadowing and work experience. The partnership will aim to offer opportunities for students from across all disciplines, including engineering, geography and environment and history.

In turn, Taylor Wimpey staff will be able to take advantage of accredited training programmes with the University in recognition of their involvement in the partnership.

Chris Durkin, Director of the Northampton Institute for Urban Affairs, commented: “As the UK’s number one University for Employability, there is a strong commitment at Northampton to supporting students to develop and experience the world of work as much as possible. I am delighted that through our partnership with Taylor Wimpey we will be able to offer students valuable real-life experience with one of Britain’s largest home builders.”

Dominic Harman, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, added: “Our partnership with the University of Northampton represents a fantastic opportunity for Taylor Wimpey to play a key role in helping students get a head start in the development industry.

“What’s more, this agreement will be mutually beneficial as it provides the chance for our own staff to develop their careers by gaining new qualifications through a number of different training programmes available through the university.

“We are delighted to be working with the University of Northampton through this innovative partnership and look forward to welcoming the first students to Taylor Wimpey.”

The agreement is called the 1265 Partnership, after a key moment of the University’s history. The University of Northampton gained full university status in 2005, but can trace its history back to the 13th century having been first established by Royal Charter in 1261, before being dissolved by the king in 1265.

For further information about Taylor Wimpey developments, visit their website at For more information regarding the partnership, contact Chris Durkin or Wray Irwin.
Pictured: Dominic Harman and Chris Durkin.​