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Plymouth construction force boosted by Morgan Sindall training scheme

Plymouth construction force boosted by Morgan Sindall training scheme

The next generation of Plymouth construction workers is receiving a helping hand from Morgan Sindall after being invited to help deliver a number of projects in the region.

Morgan Sindall’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, who are funded by the CITB-ConstructionSkills Construction Industry Training Board, are currently working on a variety of 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.

Rob Buckler, an engineering management student at Loughborough University, has just started the apprenticeship programme. Rob said: “The ability to get real hands-on experience while at university is proving invaluable. As I am around construction professionals at Morgan Sindall, I am 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 am 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 currently working in conjunction with the Jobcentre Plus to get apprentices and trainees the relevant experience they need. 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 so much 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.”
 

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Pictured (left to right): Mike Hockin – apprentice plasterer; Matt Binmore – trainee technician; Carl Heslop – area manager; John Hunt – trainee surveyor; Max Anderson – apprentice plasterer

For more information about this news release please contact Meg Binns at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email binns@paversmith.co.uk