On this GCSE results day, leading workplace audit and contract solutions provider, Hudson Contract has teamed up with firms Matthews & Leigh Civil Engineering and H&L Construction Solutions Limited to encourage construction companies to offer school leavers an Apprenticeship.
Matthews & Leigh in Chorley and H&L Construction Solutions in West Wycombe both employed an apprentice 12 months ago with full sponsorship from Hudson Contract through its 20th anniversary scholarship scheme.
Jordan Goulding (19) studied at level 2 Apprenticeship in Construction Operations at Preston College and Matthews & Leigh, and is now fully qualified. He has learned crucial skills to further his career in the construction industry, including laying drainage for housing and concreting. While Joe Lafbery (22) is completing an Apprenticeship with H&L Construction Solutions, assisting an experienced carpenter and studying at Oaklands College in St Albans.
Joe said: “I am really enjoying my Apprenticeship. I see no better industry than construction in terms of the different paths it can lead you down; after all, we will never stop building. At a young age, you may not know where to turn career wise, but you cannot go wrong getting into the building game with a trade behind you. I was always told that and I will relay it on to anyone coming of age.”
Keith Rea, Construction Training Manager at Matthews & Leigh said: “Bringing in apprentices is good for the progression of the company. Having young blood and being able to train them how we want to is important in order to build a sustainable company. For apprentices, construction is a great opportunity as it gives them the chance to work as a team and develop new skills and relationships which will help them in future life and building a career for themselves.”
Lee Casey, Managing Director at H&L Construction Solutions, said: “Joe was one of the first apprentices we have ever taken on. We’re a young company but really want to support young people who will play an important part in growing our business. We’re really pleased with the work that Joe has done with us and he’s become an integral part of our team here at H&L Construction Solutions.”
David Jackson, Founder and Chairman of Hudson Contract added: “With a lifetime of working in construction, I remain passionate about championing our industry as a great place to work and doing everything I can to make it a profession of choice for young people today.
“Apprenticeships are crucial to enticing new talent into the industry because they provide the perfect environment for people to kick-start their careers. The combination of practical guidance and on-the-job training from employers and the skills learned at college, give apprentices a solid foundation for working in the trades. I’d encourage companies across the country to consider hiring an apprentice and young school leavers to look to the industry for their career.”
For further information about Hudson Contract’s Apprenticeship Scheme go to: http://www.hudsoncontract.co.uk/why-hudson/apprenticeships