This week marks National Apprenticeship Week (3-9 February); an annual event that aims to celebrate the positive impact of apprenticeships on employers, individuals and the economy.
At Krol Corlett, we don’t just believe in the value of apprenticeships; we benefit from it every day. So too do the apprentices who train with us. Many of our team started their Krol Corlett careers as apprentices and have gone on to achieve their career goals within the company. Others came to us having successfully trained as apprentices elsewhere. It really is a great way to gain hands-on experience and earn while you learn, benefiting from gaining qualifications at college at the same time.
At the moment we have a total of six apprentices on the team, four of whom are in site-based roles. It’s important to know that just about any job role can begin with an apprenticeship, however, and there are different entry levels too. Our other two apprentices are in office-based roles and one of these is a university-level apprentice.
Construction is a sector that has battled against skills shortages for some time and, at Krol Corlett, we see apprenticeships as a very practical way of addressing our own skills requirements while creating opportunities for a sustainable and rewarding career for young people. We are currently in the process of deciding how many apprentices we need to recruit and in which disciplines for the year ahead, ready to select suitable candidates from this year’s crop of school and college leavers.
In this way, we are always renewing our pool of talent and making sure we mix experience with trainee roles that will secure succession planning in the future.
National Apprenticeship Week is a great catalyst for employers and potential apprentices to think about what this route into a career can offer. There are events taking place around the country but we will be marking it by continuing to develop the potential of our team.