Telford College of Arts and Technology is helping an award-winning Midlands highways support company to train its latest batch of apprentices.
Carnell, the £50 million turnover company with its headquarters at Penkridge in Staffordshire, has been helping to keep the UK highways network and transport infrastructure running safely and efficiently since 1992.
The company’s latest group of site-based apprentices – Jack Allsopp, Khubaib Batan, Charlie Day, Ryan Herrington, Patrick Seekings and Jake Whittaker – have joined on an 18 month programme which will see them combine ‘real world’ experience with academic qualifications.
Managing director Aidan Clarke said: “There is a genuine two-way benefit, with Carnell able to provide an attractive alternative to the increasingly expensive higher education path; in return having the opportunity to ‘grow our own’ stars of the future.”
The apprenticeships follows a path of site-based experience with Carnell’s Technology and Infrastructure teams across the country, and block release to Telford College of Arts and Technology.
Each apprentice has been assigned a site-based mentor to help assimilate them into the work place and ensure adherence to safe working practices.
At college the apprentices will be studying towards a Level 2 NVQ in Highways Maintenance.
Regular meetings are to be held between Carnell management and course tutors at Telford College to review development of skills on site and academic progress.
Apprentice Patrick Seekings said during his induction that he is ‘relishing the chance to improve his skills and have a successful career in highways’.
The on-going initiative also helps Carnell in achieving the target that within five years, at least 5% of its workforce are either apprentices, on company-sponsored student or graduate programmes.
The company said: “Expectations are that further apprentices are likely to be required as the business expands and demand on skilled labour becomes ever more apparent as the highways spending plan continues to accelerate.”