An apprentice from City of Wolverhampton College is building a great career after being offered a management position by a leading construction company.

Cameron Bridgen, from Wednesfield, was taken on by Kier Group as a Level 2 apprentice carpenter on its Thompson Avenue housing development in June 2014.

The 19-year-old so impressed bosses that they offered him a position as a trainee site manager.

Cameron said: “I was studying accountancy at sixth form but it wasn’t for me so I made the decision to start an apprenticeship in carpentry.

“I haven’t looked back since and I enjoy working with everyone at Kier where I am the youngest employee.

“It shows apprenticeships are a great way to progress if you put your mind to it and are willing to put the effort into it.”

Kier Apprenticeships Manager Abdul Mozzamdar said: “We believe in investing in our future workforce and growing our own talent. Cameron is a testimony of our desire to progress apprentices, who show potential, into management and technical positions within Kier.

“We started to see Cameron as a potential future site manager for Kier as he had all the right attributes, skills and strengths.

“In January, we decided to expand his roll and gave him more managerial responsibilities on site – and he hasn’t looked back since.”

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent pathway into employment – and Cameron is evidence of that.

“Learning in the workplace through apprenticeships is also a good way for businesses to grow and develop the particular skills and attitudes they need in their company and gives young people much needed work experience and qualifications while avoiding the debt that comes with traditional academic routes.

The City of Wolverhampton Council is working with city partners to promote apprenticeships and the City of Wolverhampton College and the University of Wolverhampton are offering apprenticeships across a whole range of programme areas.

The university has established an Apprenticeship Hub in the city centre and together with the college is providing a ‘one stop’ comprehensive offer for employers from Level 2 through to Level 7.

For more information about apprenticeships, please contact the college on 01902 837163 or the city’s Apprenticeship Hub on 01902 323127.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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