Student goes into permanent employment
Apprenticeship scheme sees its first student go into permanent employment
A construction student with the South West Shared Apprenticeship Company (SWSA) is the first in the south west to be offered full time employment.
Sam Regan was employed by SWSA in Bournemouth before being offered permanent work by GP Masonry Contractors, starting in September.
Emma Norton, Programme Manager for SWSA said: “We’re extremely proud that Sam has been offered full-time employment. SWSA helps young people across the south west get into apprenticeships, whilst also strengthening the construction industry. This is a great example of how successful the scheme can be for both apprentices and employers.”
Peter Crowson, Director at GP Masonry Contractors said: “We were incredibly impressed with Sam’s work ethic and quality of work, which led us to offer him full time employment.
“We’ve been working with SWSA since April 2015 and have taken on two apprentices through the scheme, expanding as the number of sites we work on in the south west grow. Through the scheme we have benefitted from young students who show they are committed to training in this industry and allowed us to build upon our highly trained workforce who we require for both current and future projects.”
Sam’s apprenticeship has allowed him to develop valuable skills on-site while studying bricklaying at college. He was working on the Midas site through SWSA before being offered full-time employment by their sub-contractor GP Masonry who have also given the second apprentice a further placement with the opportunity to go permanent in the future.
Keith Watkins, Account Services Manager at CITB commented: “I am delighted to hear Sam has secured full-time employment following his time with our South West Shared Apprenticeship Scheme, once again proving that apprenticeships are valued in our industry. Our Construction Skills Network (CSN) research predicts that over 31,000 additional construction jobs will be needed in the south west over the next five years. Our Shared Apprentice Scheme is one of the many ways we are hoping will help meet this target and eventually see more young people like Sam securing employment in our industry.”
Emma continued: “Our close working relationship with companies such as Midas and GP Masonry means we can place our students into credible construction apprenticeships. The scheme creates local jobs, while giving the apprentices a more broad experience and a qualification that would otherwise not exist as modern build projects tend to be too short.”
If you are a construction company or student looking to get involved with SWSA, please contact Emma Norton by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 07718 338874.
Peter Crowson – GP Masonry Contractors
Sam Vale – Apprentice
Emma Norton – SWSA Programme Manager