Shared Apprenticeships South West celebrates job success for apprentices
A pioneering apprenticeship scheme is celebrating an exciting start to the academic year with record numbers of construction trainees taking their first steps into the industry.
Shared Apprenticeships South West (SASW) helps young people to build a career in the sector, finding them paid work with contractors across the region and supporting them as they study towards industry recognised qualifications.
Launched in 2015, the organisation recently joined eight trainees in celebrating the completion of their apprenticeships with the majority already securing permanent employment in the construction industry. A further five young construction workers are set to finish by the end of the year, with 2017 seeing the largest number of apprentices successfully graduating from the scheme since it began. A total of 32 apprentices are currently working with SASW to take their first steps in to the sector.
Emma Norton, Programme Manager for Shared Apprenticeships South West, said: “We are so pleased to see this group of apprentices finish their training and begin to forge their own career in the construction industry.
“By completing their apprenticeship, they have laid the foundation for a rewarding and long-lasting future in the sector and we can’t wait to follow their success as they continue to learn and grow.
“Celebrating our largest number of apprentices to graduate from the scheme per year since our launch, this is testament to the hard work of each trainee and also the support they have received from our host contractors who are giving them their first experience of life in the construction sector.”
Construction is a booming business with 4,180 jobs expected to be created in the sector across the South West alone in the next five years. This reflects the national picture with strong growth in infrastructure development helping to boost employment levels.
“The positive impact our apprentices have on the construction industry and the wider economy cannot be underestimated,” added Emma.
“Over the next few years a wealth of current construction workers are expected to retire from the sector, so we need new, keen, trained workers in place to help the sector continue to thrive. Our apprentices are helping to plug an employment gap and provide knowledgeable, dedicated skills for an industry experiencing growth.”
Emma said that SASW has also assisted four trade apprentices into employment over the last 12 months where they will carry on their training with a new employer alongside securing a permanent position within the industry.
Daniel Lombard-Bishop joined the SASW scheme in 2015 and has been training to become a quantity surveyor. And the aspiring apprentice was recognised for his outstanding dedication and work ethic when he was presented with the Apprentice of the Year accolade by host contractor Morgan Sindall recently.
He said: “SASW and Morgan Sindall have given me some amazing opportunities to learn and this has been a role that I have grown in to.
“Alongside learning new skills and knowledge, I have also become more confident and am much more comfortable talking and working with new people.
“It has been so interesting and a whole new experience that has given me a real insight into the industry.”