Another Apprentice gets to Work
After receiving a very positive enquiry regarding an apprenticeship, M B Roche & Sons Ltd contacted the candidate to arrange a very informal interview to assess his suitability. Following the interview it was decided to offer Louis a two week work experience placement arranged through CITB and bconstructive. This was to see if civil engineering and construction was for him but equally to see how he would fit into our family run business.
Following an extremely successful two week work experience during which Louis showed great enthusiasm and interest the company decided to offer him a full apprenticeship in General Construction and Highways Maintenance.
Louis will work on site under the supervision of the Site Manager four days a week where he will gain the practical skills he needs to complete his qualification He will then attend Hull College one day a week where he will gain general principles in civil engineering and construction.
Away from the site the company tries to attract talent to the industry and gets heavily involved with local schools in the area with the company STEM and Construction Ambassador, Daniel Roche attending several events to raise awareness of what we do in the industry.
Daniel said: “We signed up to the Humber Skills Pledge to help improve skills and training with a key aim to ensure we create a workforce for tomorrow and address the skills gap which is threatening the industry. A retiring workforce is taking with it years of invaluable skill and experience and there is a lack of young people coming into the industry to sustain it.
Our aim is to make a difference among a ‘lost generation’ of young people who are not in employment or training. The company believed it was important to support apprenticeship schemes and with 22% of Britain’s 18 to 25 year olds out of work we decided to employ an apprentice.”
The company is also keen to develop local talent and helps recent graduates with one month work placements during university holidays. The benefits work both ways as it develops the supervisory and management skills of our workforce.