Morgan Sindall takes on construction apprentices in Plymouth
THE next generation of Plymouth construction workers is receiving a helping hand from construction company Morgan Sindall.
The firm's Plymouth office recently recruited a trainee engineer, bringing the number of apprentices and trainees working in the region to five.
These also include a trainee technician, a trainee quantity surveyor, and two plastering apprentices.
The young construction students, funded by the CITB-ConstructionSkills Construction Industry Training Board, are working on projects including the classroom extension at St Columb Minor Academy School, in Newquay, and a refurbishment project at the Britannia Royal Naval College, in Dartmouth.
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Rob Buckler, an engineering management student at Loughborough University, has just started the apprenticeship programme.
He said: "The ability to get hands-on experience while at university is proving invaluable. As I'm around construction professionals at Morgan Sindall, I'm able to learn about my chosen trade in the context of a working environment – this is something I wouldn't be able to by studying alone.
"I'm hoping that gaining work experience during my degree course will help me to stand out when I come to get a job after graduation."
Morgan Sindall has pledged to help young people looking to get into the construction industry and is working with Jobcentre Plus to get apprentices and trainees relevant experience. The Plymouth office is also running a schools work experience programme which will offer six students a week's placement over the summer.
Carl Heslop, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: "We understand that, as a company, the most valuable resource we have is the talented people we employ. The construction industry is about more than bricklaying, as these students are finding out.
"We're dedicated to nurturing the development of the future generation of construction professionals in Plymouth, and will be looking for more apprentices over the next few weeks." This week is National Apprenticeship Week, and there are high-profile events taking place in Plymouth at schools and community centres and Plymouth City Council's horticulture apprentices are creating a garden in the city centre.