Industry Image | Issue 33 | August 2014 - page 14

Earlier this year the Scheme shined a spotlight on apprenticeships, and looked at
what the industry was doing to encourage new talent into construction in order to
secure its future growth.
August 2014
Issue 33
Spotlight on... apprenticeships
‘Spotlight on… apprenticeships’
introduced facts regarding
apprenticeships and the benefits
that many employers have gained
by offering this type of work
placement. There are already a
number of campaigns offered
throughout the UK, and many
opportunities within construction,
but there is still much that can be
done to attract new talent into the
The response the Scheme received
from the industry once ‘Spotlight
on… apprenticeships’ launched
was fantastic, with many sites and
companies getting in touch with
the Scheme and promoting what
they are doing with apprentices.
Many articles and case studies
from the industry have been added
to the Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on…
apprenticeships’ webpage.
Bam shared with the Scheme a
number of case studies on their
apprenticeship schemes while
Balfour Beatty also provided
numerous profiles on their
apprenticeships in a wide variety
of roles. As part of Scottish
ApprenticeshipWeek, George Hood,
Balfour Beatty’s Managing Director
Northern Scotland, swapped
roles with their apprentice joiner
Matthew Jolly. Pochin Construction
supplied case studies on four
of their apprentices thriving in
construction, as did Morgan Sindall
who also presents awards to their
highest performing apprentices.
VolkerHighways provided a case
study written by their apprentice
working as an engineer who was
made aware of their apprenticeship
scheme through the Prince’s Trust.
Costain and Network Rail made
the Scheme aware of their London
Bridge Station Redevelopment site
achieving Skills Academy status
which enables local people to be
trained into local jobs, helping to
create a sustainable community.
The project is able to train people
on site and then offer work
experience and placements within
the industry.
A number of industry bodies
specialise in apprenticeships
and offer advice and guidance
to both apprentices and those
who are looking to offer them.
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