National Apprenticeship Week is a great time to reflect on Apprenticeship schemes in general and how they continue to benefit young people – particularly those with a desire to work in the construction industry within which first hand experience has always been an essential. Apprenticeships are fundamental to the industry due to the ‘hands-on’ nature of the job, demanding skills that cannot be acquired through university or college alone. They not only increase employability but also allow many to gain the qualifications they need for a prosperous career path without having to find the funds to pay for university fees.
We have several apprentices in both our construction and maintenance divisions. Ryan Spearritt, who has recently started with us, is studying Domestic Gas at Liverpool City College and James Scott who is in his third year at Salford College is studying Commercial Gas Heating.
This week, we spent some time with our construction division apprentices and asked them to share their thoughts on the process, their experiences and whether they would recommend the apprenticeship route to others. Alex joined us almost three years ago and is currently studying Construction Management at Liverpool John Moores University as well as gaining valuable practical skills with us as one of our Trainee Project Managers. Our Trainee Project Manager Tom completed his degree in the Built Environment and was also happy to share his experience.
What do you like about your role as a trainee Project Manager?
Alex Haake: “In my role as a Junior Project Manager, I enjoy the rewarding feeling of a completed project that you have worked so hard to see through from start to finish. Each day is different and presents new challenges to overcome. It’s these challenges that lead to personal growth and development that can’t be achieved without physical experience.”
Tom Blundell: “What I like most about this role is working day in day out alongside experienced project managers and working on live projects. This is very beneficial as it enables me to work in a profession I am passionate about whilst also developing the skills necessary to excel in my career.”
Would you advise others to join an apprenticeship scheme?
Alex Haake: “I would definitely encourage others to explore the route of apprenticeships as they are an excellent way to enhance your knowledge and confidence in your chosen sector. They provide unequivocal value in terms of experience and opportunities for hands on learning.”
Tom Blundell: “Yes, it is a great opportunity to work in a profession you are passionate about whilst still learning and training. The experience and knowledge I have already gained and will continue to gain from those around me is invaluable, as they have been in the industry for a long time and seen it all. Therefore, I can gain from their experiences and even their mistakes.”