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Morgan Sindall celebrates National Apprenticeship Week with outstanding trainee figures

A photograph of Danny Branson, trainee site manager at Morgan Sindall

Morgan Sindall is marking National Apprenticeship Week by celebrating the apprentices and trainees that make up more than eight per cent of its workforce.

Over eight per cent of people working at Morgan Sindall are new entrant trainees, apprentices, people on graduate or undergraduate development programmes - well above the industry ambition of five per cent.

National Apprenticeship Week runs from March 14 to March 18 and is co-ordinated by the Skills Funding Agency. The week will include hundreds of events and activities across England to showcase apprentices and apprentice employers.

Morgan Sindall has a strong track record in encouraging and developing the next generation of talent. It has marked its commitment by joining the 5% Club, an industry group where members pledge that five per cent of their work force will consist of apprentices, sponsored students and or graduates on formalised training schemes within five years of joining the scheme.

Danny Branson joined Morgan Sindall as a 17-year-old apprentice carpenter, and is now training to become a fully qualified site manager. The 24-year-old is currently in his penultimate year at Anglia Ruskin University studying for an honours degree in Construction Management. He attends university for one day each week, and is based on sites across East Anglia for the rest of the week.

Danny said: “Having worked for Morgan Sindall for the last seven and a half years, I feel that the company has invested greatly in my passion for learning and interest in construction. It is due to that investment that I feel I have been able to work my way up the ranks, gaining practical real world experience.”

Danny is a committee member of the Norfolk Construction Excellence Club and was recently recognised as the National Young Achiever of the Year in Construction Excellence for his enthusiasm and commitment to the sector. When he graduates in May 2017, he will be considered for a role as a fully qualified site manager at Morgan Sindall.

20-year-old Amy Troy started her career at Morgan Sindall two and a half years ago as a trainee buyer, working on the materials desk in Rugby. As part of her trainee programme she has worked alongside quantity surveyors and civil engineers to complete four modules of a trainee buyers plan to improve her personal development. She has since been appointed as an assistant buyer, which involves reviewing the supply chain and subcontractors’ work, and raising small works orders for sites.

Amy said: “Working at Morgan Sindall has helped me to explore different career opportunities that would never have been available to me elsewhere. I have been able to try my hand at several roles and choose one which I would like to develop. I think it’s really important that younger employees are given the opportunity to learn as they progress, and the freedom that I have been given at Morgan Sindall has really helped me to do this.”

Bob Ensch, Morgan Sindall’s area director for Cambridge is an enthusiastic supporter of apprenticeships. He works closely with organisations that promote and support apprentices and employers, including TrAC (Training and Apprentices in Construction), a non-profit, employer-led initiative that supports companies looking to provide apprenticeships in the South and East of England.

He said: “Developing and equipping the next generation is absolutely critical to ensure we have a sustainable pipeline of talented, enthusiastic people with the requisite skills to become our next project managers, quantity surveyors, designers, and project team members.

“We are already facing a serious skills shortage in construction and in order for the industry to make the most of the opportunities which the economic recovery presents, it needs about 30,000 new skilled workers each year - that’s about double the number of apprentices the industry is training up at the moment. A key part of this is repositioning our business as a sector that’s attractive to ambitious young people looking to forge successful careers and putting the structure in place to ensure they’re equipped with the skills they need to thrive in our industry.

“Our trainees currently make up over eight per cent of our workforce, which is a significant proportion, and they play a hugely important role in the business - bringing unique skills, qualities and insights. Having a workforce that brings together people drawn from different generations, genders, and ethnicities gives us all a richer experience and a more multi-faceted perspective. This makes us a stronger business and enables us to deliver better results for our customers.”

You can find out more about working for Morgan Sindall on the trainees and apprentices page of Morgan Sindall careers website.

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