Property developer Seddon has been appointed by Worcester-based Sanctuary Housing to build up to 700 new affordable homes across the Midlands and North West of England as part of a £60m contract.
The firm will construct new homes in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Telford and Wrekin, Herefordshire, north Shropshire, Worcester and Cherwell by 2016.
The project is being part funded by the Government's Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) via its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP), designed to create in excess of 3,600 new homes across England.
Jonathan Seddon of Seddon said: "We are delighted to be working with Sanctuary to deliver much-needed new affordable homes and create job and training opportunities in local communities.
"The company has a long and successful history of apprentice recruitment and it is particularly satisfying to be starting the Sanctuary programme in 2012, the year in which we mark Seddon's 75th anniversary of taking on apprentices."
Last week, Sanctuary also appointed Keepmoat in Doncaster to develop 400 new homes in Yorkshire and Humberside as part of the HCA's AHP scheme.
Peter Martin, Sanctuary's group director for development, said: "These important appointments will bring a vital boost to local economies at sites across the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, and result in the delivery of more than a thousand affordable homes by 2015."